A university of Canberra researcher has found that his ‘affect-regulated’ approach to exercise improved mood, wellbeing and helped in-patients with mental health issues, particularly depressive or bipolar in their recovery.
PhD graduate Rob Stanton’s ‘affect regulated’ approach allows the person doing the exercise to choose how long and how hard they exercise, with the aim of doing what makes them feel good.
His research uncovered that nurses experience systemic and personal barriers to prescribing exercise with some unsure whether it is their place to encourage this activity as treatment. Stanton is hopeful that his research will help to inform clinical practice and we will begin to see more care providers factoring an exercise regime into their treatment schedule,” Dr Stanton said.
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