The effects of exercise on mental illness

The effects of exercise on mental illness

The video looks at how exercise affects mental health, specifically for the adult and elderly populations. An exercise physiologist, who is a part of the Stay Well program at St. Josephs’s Hospital, was interviewed to share his expertise on the benefits of exercise.

This video was made by McMaster Demystifying Medicine students Ava Oliaei, Nour Eddin Garada and Nadia Butt.

Copyright McMaster University 2019

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    Thank you so much for this video! Helped a lot on my school project!

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  4. Iness Chabiba on July 23, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    It’s true . When I started working out daily I become happier 😊

  5. Taiku on July 23, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    anyone here for school?

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    Í do exercise of cardio but í have to lift Weight cuz ím too slim

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  8. 1990sForever on July 23, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Lies; get exercise no doubt, but dont rely on it to lift you out from a very bad state of mind. Antidepressant meds DO work.

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    It’s four wheel driving. You need to do four wheel driving when you have mental health. Or you end up in fights with people that want your stuff.

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    I hit to the gym to sweat it out every single day, and i am pround of that

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  17. HG51 on July 23, 2021 at 9:15 pm

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  18. francisco montano on July 23, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Stretching is not exercise.

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    Thank you for adding more work for my physical education class

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    I use to smoke weed and cigarettes everyday, it messed up my mindset and I was so unmotivated, just finished high-school, got no girlfriend and I’m stuck. so one night when I was drunk lol I started doing like 300 situps beside my bed, my back was aching pain,my whole body was just in pain but I still kept going. Now Im on a strict diet and make ab workouts a morning routine for me. My mind just feels fresh and I have some thought of what I wanna do in my life. I could even tell that all my friends were just taking advantage of me, so I deleted Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram and only social media I go on is YouTube I watch self improvement videos on how to be more mature and man the hell up. I’m thinking of joining the defence force later on in my life and going uni to do further studies at the same time.

  21. Iosua Maalo on July 23, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you I suffer from depression and anxiety bt ill do this

  22. Avery Mitchell on July 23, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve had anxiety and depression since I was 8 years old (I am almost 19 now). I don’t exercise regularly at all, and during this pandemic, I’ve been staying at home in bed all day and feel like I don’t have any worth— in myself or to give to make a difference in this world. My therapist says exercise would be good for me and that’s why I’m checking out this vid. Honestly though, I’m having trouble figuring out what exercise I should do… it feels like I’m always dreading it so I avoid it. 🤦🏻‍♀️

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    Guess it depends on the individuals, 3+ hours of exercise a day might be bad for some, perhaps. Personally, it’s been fine for me. I used to do boxing and we’d train at least 3 hours a day – 4 to 5 days a week. Thankfully, I haven’t had major injuries.

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    I started to do a few push ups and sit ups for my anxiety and body dysmorphia but I started to get addicted tho and I think I am over exerciseing tho because I constantly get the urge to do push ups but my arms are beginning to hurt and I go crazy when I don’t do a tiny bit of exercise

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    I think the length of the exercise is not important but the physical act of completing exercise on a daily habit is the key to changing your mental health.

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    I wouldn’t call martial arts healthy tho. After doing boxing and mma for 2 years I developed a sleeping disorder from all the head injuries, broke my rib and developed a non-cancerous tumor on my wrist. Also-constant minor injuries are just a norm. Everything is gone now after 4 years since I stopped. Wouldn’t recommend if your goal is to improve health. But fun af.

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  46. Salman Hussain on July 23, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I hate self-diagnosing myself, but I am sure I suffer from depression and anxiety… lack of confidence, self-worth and motivation… But, I have noticed that whenever I do exercise, it miraculously improves my mental health. I feel light and energetic, my mind feels fresh… but, I must confess I am not regular, and tend to fall back into the same abyss again and again. Hopefully, things will improve in future.

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