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Exercise and mental health: many reasons to move.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19521110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between physical activity and mental health has been widely investigated, and several hypotheses have been formulated about it. Specifically, during the aging process, physical exercise might represent a potential adjunctive treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive impairment, helping delay the onset of neurodegenerative processes. Even though exercise itself might act as a stressor, it has been demonstrated that it reduces the harmful effects of other stressors when performed at moderate intensities. Neurotransmitter release, neurotrophic factor and neurogenesis, and cerebral blood flow alteration are some of the concepts involved. In this review, the potential effects of exercise on the aging process and on mental health are discussed, concerning some of the recent findings on animal and human research. The overwhelming evidence present in the literature today suggests that exercise ensures successful brain functioning.
Andréa Deslandes; Helena Moraes; Camila Ferreira; Heloisa Veiga; Heitor Silveira; Raphael Mouta; Fernando A M S Pompeu; Evandro Silva Freire Coutinho; Jerson Laks
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2009-06-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropsychobiology     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1423-0224     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropsychobiology     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-17     Completed Date:  2009-10-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7512895     Medline TA:  Neuropsychobiology     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  191-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.
National School of Public Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Alzheimer Disease / therapy
Brain / physiology,  physiopathology
Depressive Disorder, Major / therapy
Exercise* / physiology,  psychology
Exercise Therapy
Mental Health*
Models, Neurological
Parkinson Disease / therapy
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology,  psychology

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