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Exercise therapy

What is exercise therapy?

Individuals with serious mental illnesses are more likely to be sedentary than the general population and are consequently at high risk for chronic medical conditions associated with inactivity. Physical activity reduces the risk of these medical conditions, and positive psychological effects have also been reported, including improved quality of life. Exercise also has the potential to alleviate secondary symptoms including depression, low self-esteem and social withdrawal.

What is the evidence for exercise therapy?

Low quality evidence is unable to determine the benefits of exercise for the symptoms of bipolar disorder. More research is needed.

March 2019

Last updated at: 12:30 am, 1st April 2019
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