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Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health

1. Understanding Exercise

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about what exercise is and what its benefits can be, focusing in particular on: (i) the importance of exercise psychology, based around the potential health and economic damage brought about by general inactivity in the population; (ii) understanding exercise as structured, repetitive movements, rather than simply being active; (iii) the adaptive nature of humans to be more active than the typical population are today; (iv) the role that serotonin and dopamine play in the positive mental health benefits of exercise; (v) some of the health conditions that regular exercise can help prevent.

Course

In this course, Dr Anthony Miller (Staffordshire University) explores the relationship between exercise and mental health. In the first lecture, we think about what exercise is and what mental health benefits it can bring. In the second lecture, we think about some key research findings in the field of exercise and mental health. In the third lecture, we think about the irrational beliefs and negative relationships that can exist in the mind of someone with an exercise addiction. Next, we think about techniques that can be implemented to improve people’s relationship with exercise. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.

Lecturer

Dr Anthony Miller is a lecturer in the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing at Staffordshire University. Dr Miller’s research interests are in understanding human performance and wellbeing under pressure, with a particular focus on the social identity approach to leadership. Some of Dr Miller’s recent publications include 'Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, and depression' (2019) and 'Test-retest reliability of the irrational performance beliefs inventory' (2018).

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Miller, A. (2022, May 10). Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health - Understanding Exercise [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-exercise-and-mental-health/understanding-exercise

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Miller, A. "Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health – Understanding Exercise." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 10 May 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/sports-psychology-exercise-and-mental-health/understanding-exercise

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