Physical Activity, Mental Health, & RT
In the June 2010 issue of the Monitor on Psychology there is an article titled, “Another Reason to Break a Sweat.” The subtitle reads: “In addition to boosting your brain power, exercise may fend off and even alleviate cognitive ills, including Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests.”
As have other research reviews, this article suggests that inactivity may lead to mental illnesses, such as depression, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, an unhealthy body leads to an unhealthy mind.
I have had several posts on the RT Blog on the importance of RTs providing physical activities for clients. The research cited in the Monitor article once again points to the need for RTs to provide physical activities as interventions for clients.
For a more detailed literature review on physical activity and health, see Austin’s (2009) book Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques.