Similar to the controversy surrounding the addition of exercise to the treatment of eating disorders, there has been some hesitancy to apply exercise to the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction treatments. Even so, research has supported the implementation of exercise as a way to improve self-esteem and help to control abstinence.
In addition, because it has already been accepted as a way to reduce anxiety and depression, exercise may increase the quality of life and decrease feelings of anxiousness and depression that tends to associate with addiction issues.
7. Exercise and Schizophrenia
In a 2009 study lead by Dr. Stuart Biddle, published in the Journal of Mental Health, it was noted that exercise had demonstrated positive effects on those physical and mental health challenges associated with schizophrenia. Prescribed exercise, for this population, has shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and the potential weight gain that may result from medications and a sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, when used in combination with medication, exercise may help one cope with the auditory hallucinations that come with this mental illness.
People with serious mental illnesses have a tendency to become sedentary. By adding exercise prescription to the treatment of Schizophrenia, one may help prevent those chronic diseases that are associated with sedentary lifestyle such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease.