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Improving health, well‐being and cognition in schizophrenia: making the case for physical activity

Diane Crone (Exercise Science Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care University of Gloucestershire)
Phil Tyson (Faculty of Education, Humanities and Sciences, University of Gloucestershire)
Jessica Holley (St George's University of London)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 29 July 2010


This paper provides a summary of the current state of knowledge on the use of physical activity as an adjunctive treatment in schizophrenia. There is a well documented relationship between physical activity and mental health, which is reflected in numerous health policy recommendations for practice, in both the promotion of mental health and in the treatment of mental health problems. In schizophrenia, this association is also recognised, and research has suggested that participation in physical activity regimes can have beneficial effects on positive and negative symptoms, psychological well‐being and anxiety and tension. However, a neglected area of research is in the potential for physical activity to remediate the cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Physical activity has been shown to enhance cognitive function in a wide variety of clinical and non‐clinical populations, however this body of research has not yet extended to schizophrenia populations. The authors argue that this should be a future priority.



Crone, D., Tyson, P. and Holley, J. (2010), "Improving health, well‐being and cognition in schizophrenia: making the case for physical activity", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 32-35.



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