November 21, 2017
Most individuals seeking outpatient mental health care reported their mood and anxiety levels were linked to physical activity.
“Physical activity has been shown to be effective in alleviating mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety. Current physical activity guidelines advise at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week to promote mental and physical health, yet many of those surveyed weren't meeting these recommendations,” Carol Janney, PhD, of Michigan State University, said in a press release. “Offering physical activity programs inside the mental health clinics may be one of many patient-centered approaches that can improve the mental and physical health of patients.”