Less Exercise Linked to Psychosis

Admin | Published 2016-08-26 04:23
Do you find time to exercise several hours per week? No? Then you probably should. According to a new study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, people suffering from psychosis are less likely to do physical activities. The study which was conducted by King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust involved 200,000 participants in around 50 countries all over the world. The research involved checking whether individuals with psychosis were able to meet World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended physical activity levels – they should have at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity per week for adults age 18 to 64. The said physical activities may involve cycling, walking, running, sports, and household chores. Individuals suffering from psychosis can be associated with mental health issues such as bipolar affective disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. According to certain studies, these individuals exhibit low levels of exercise or physical activity and were said to die 15 years earlier compared to the general population. The early death rate could be linked to cardiovascular diseases which are actually prevented through higher levels of physical activities. Additionally, people with mental illnesses are considered to be “the most inactive clinical populations” spending an average of 13 hours per day just sitting with little or no exercise.

Males or Females

Additionally, males were twice more likely not to meet the suggested levels of physical activity. The reasons are still unclear however it has been speculated that the high levels of inactivity may be due to the earlier onset of psychosis in males and higher chances of negative symptoms from substance use disorders, low motivation, and lower rates of recovery and remission. Males with mental health issues are also most likely to die early due to cardiovascular disease.

Causes of Inactivity

According to Dr. Brenton Stubbs, “We found that mobility limitations, pain, cognitive impairment and depression are potentially key barriers to physical activity. Understanding and overcoming these barriers could be an important strategy to help people with mental illnesses be more active, and potentially to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease."
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