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Physical activity and mental health: a systematic review

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dc.contributor.author Maynou, Laia
dc.contributor.author Hernández-Pizarro, Helena M.
dc.contributor.author Herisson, Marlene
dc.contributor.author Saez, Marc
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-15T10:20:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-15T10:20:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/37112
dc.description.abstract Mental disorders are leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Various factors influence mental health, such as lifestyle (diet, sport, alcohol and drug consumption), social environment/context, work conditions, family background and individual characteristics. This study focuses on lifestyle and, in particular, in the effects of physical activity. Numerous international health organisations have outlined the benefits of physical activity in reducing the risk of physical and mental illnesses. The objective of this paper is to conduct a rigorous systematic review on the relationship between physical activity and mental health. Through the analysis of 51 studies, we provide an overview, a comparison and a summary the main findings of this association. We also identify research gaps and priorities for further study. We find a positive relationship between physical activity and mental health. As a result, physical activity interventions may serve as a cost-effective mean to promote physical and mental health, as it also facilitates mental development.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Health Policy Papers (CRES);9
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properlyattributed.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Physical activity and mental health: a systematic review
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper
dc.subject.keyword Physical activity
dc.subject.keyword Mental health
dc.subject.keyword Green spaces
dc.subject.keyword Team sport
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