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by Dr Amit
Mistry and Dr Lynne
Published: November 2018
with severe mental illness are less likely to attain the Chief
Medical Officers' (CMOs') recommended weekly physical
activity guidelines when compared to the general
population. The reasons for this are multifactorial and
the increasing premature mortality gap in severe mental
illness needs to be proactively addressed.
Physical activity is a cheap, accessible
treatment option that could improve cardiometabolic health and
mental health symptomatology. The beneficial effects of physical
activity within severe mental illness can be
categorised through the biopsychosocial model. There are,
however, potential risks and contraindications associated
with physical activity initiation in severe mental
illness, as outlined by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine
(FSEM) exercise prescription guidelines.
Psychiatrists can validate the benefits of
regular physical activity and healthier lifestyle choices
for patients. In this module, which includes expertise from
leading researchers and service users involved with physical
activity interventions, we will:
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