Critical Thinking Paper. My position on this topic is that mental
health is improved by physical activity, which is supported by the fact that physically active people who exercise 2.5-7.5 hours per week are about 25%-30% less likely to feel anxious or stressed compared to an inactive individual. Walking briskly for ten minutes at a time demonstrates a form of physical activity. Individuals who become physically active have better mental health, which has been demonstrated study after study. Although sources have been speculating if physical activity really improves mental health. Psychology Today has demonstrated a study with a two groups of people who took antidepressants and a group who exercised. The group of people who exercised impacted their mental health positively, compared to the people who took antidepressants. This information supports my reasons of why physical activity or exercises improve mental health.
The dimensions of wellness this topic
presents are emotional, physical, and spiritual. The physical wellness dimension explains the physical part of improving mental health. Wether the physical activity is walking, running or playing a sport, it supports the dimension of physical wellness. Emotional wellness/Spiritual wellness greatly impacts this issue of exercise and mental health. The emotional/spiritual wellness of this issue includes the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, along with values and beliefs. That’s why these 3 dimensions intertwine with one another, which is supported by,”Exercise not only increases blood flow to the brain, it releases endorphins, the body's very own natural antidepressant”. This supports my reasoning why these three dimensions are developed through my research.
Sedentary lifestyle an individuals life results
in a negative way. A HUNT study had resulted in people who reported doing no exercise had a 44% chance of likely developing depression compared to those who exercised one to two hours a week. The quality of sedentary style people is identified as a poor short life. People who don’t exercise not only impact their weight, but their mental health status. The quality life of these individuals may present a short life expectancy.
The resource information provided refers to the FITT principle.
Frequency of the principle is referred to by the HUNT study, the information about the frequency people exercised were one to two hours per week. The book referred to frequency when it stated that people exercised 2.5-7.5 hours per week. Intensity is expressed in the book when it presented the idea of 10 minute brisk walks. Time is expressed in both from 10 minute brisk walks to 2.5 hours of physical activity. Time is expressed in both the book and website when they recall the amount of time it takes for a brisk walk and the amount of time it takes to have a good workout to improve mental status.
The book specifically pinpoints
chronic and acute illnesses. The research has stated,” Physical activity has also been shown to improve conditions for people with anxiety; with affective, eating, and substance use disorders; and with schizophrenia and dementia”. These disease have also been referred to when they presented disorders such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and heart disease. ACE fitness mentioned evidence that refers to these diseases,”At follow-up stage, participants completed a self-report questionnaire (the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) to indicate any emerging anxiety or depression”. This evidence presents chronic and acute illnesses are presented throughout the provided research.
The groups of people that are most
impacted by this information are people who have poor mental health. These people are affected by studies being demonstrated on them. Take the HUNT study for an example, they demonstrated two groups of people and used a different controlled variable, the exercise, to find the solution. The evidence in the book about even walking briskly can help to improve mental health, supports the idea that its targeting people with mental illnesses. The title even supports who they are targeting, “Does exercise improve mental health”? It’s is even brought up that theorizes that, “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and there is an urgent need to find ways to improve mental health through population health campaigns," notes study author Dr. Adam Chekroud”.
The impact of my research confirms that
it’s an important issue to talk about. It in fact does pinpoints all individuals of race, color, age, ethnicity, etc. My research expands the idea that anyone who is affected by mental health issues should pay attention to what the research says. As a society I believe that we are all impacted in some way shape or form. Wether you are the person that hold this mental health issue or you know someone that hold the mental health issue I believe we can all relate to the research presented, which helps to fully explain my reasoning why we are all affected by this issue as a society.