Physical activity

How is physical activity related to PTSD?

Increased physical activity has the potential to improve physical and mental health. 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. Positive psychological effects from physical activity in clinical populations have been reported, including improved quality of life.

What is the evidence for physical activity in people with PTSD?

Moderate quality evidence found lower levels of physical activity in people with PTSD compared to people without a mental illness. Lower levels of physical activity were associated with more severe symptoms, particularly hyperarousal symptoms. There were also more depression symptoms and poorer sleep quality in those with low physical activity levels.

August 2021

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Last updated at: 4:53 am, 11th October 2021
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