Section 1: The benefits of exercise- A theoretical introduction (Mechanisms)
1. Epidemiology of common mental disorders
2. Neurobiological changes as an explanation of benefits of exercise
3. Causality in the associations between exercise, personality, and mental health
4. Treating depression with exercise--an immune perspective
Section 2: Exerciseeffects in cognition and motor learning
7. Physical exercise and cognitive enhancement
8. Exercise induced improvement in motor learning
9. Exercise effects in cognition and motor learning
Section 4: Sport vs. exercise and their effects on emotions and psychological diseases
10. Exercise in the prevention, treatment, and management of addictive substance use
11. Morbid exercise behavior: Addiction or psychological escape?
12. Aerobic exercise in people with schizophrenia: From efficacy to effectiveness
13. Exercise and anxiety disorders
14. Exercise and ADHD: Implications for treatment
15. Can physical activity prevent or treat clinical depression?
Section 5: Implications for the health sector and school
16. Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health: Mode and Dose-Response Considerations
17. Acute vs. Chronic effects of exercise on mental health
18. Can physical activity prevent mental illness?
The Exercise Effect on Mental Health contains the most recent and thorough overview of the links between exercise and mental health, and the underlying mechanisms of the brain. The text will enhance interested clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of the neurobiological effect of exercise on mental health. Editors Budde and Wegner have compiled a comprehensive review of the ways in which physical activity impacts the neurobiological mechanisms of the most common psychological and psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This text presents a rigorously evidence-based case for exercise as an inexpensive, time-saving, and highly effective treatment for those suffering from mental illness and distress.
• Henning Budde, Phd is Professor of Sports Science and Research Methodology at the MSH Medical School in Hamburg and an affiliating professor at the Lithuanian Sport University and Reykjavik University in Iceland. His main research interest is exercise neuroscience and movement neuroscience. As a teacher, he is interested in how these findings can be implemented in school settings.
• Mirko Wegner, Phd is a certified sport psychologist and post-doctoral fellow for the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern in Switzerland. His research interests focus on physiological and neurobiological responses to physical and psychological stress, and their affective, health-related, and cognitive consequences. He is an expert in motivation and self-regulation research and specialized in implicit motivational processes and their behavioral physiological associations.