1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Edited By Panteleimon Ekkekakis Copyright 2013

    A growing body of evidence shows that physical activity can be a cost-effective and safe intervention for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems. As researchers and clinicians around the world look for evidence-supported alternatives and complements to established forms of therapy (medication and psychotherapy), interest in physical activity mounts.

    The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health offers the most comprehensive review of the research evidence on the effects of physical activity on multiple facets of mental health. Written by a team of world-leading international experts, the book covers ten thematic areas:

    • physical activity and the ‘feel good’ effect
    • anxiety disorders
    • depression and mood disorders
    • self-perceptions and self-evaluations
    • cognitive function across the lifespan
    • psychosocial stress
    • pain
    • energy and fatigue
    • addictions
    • quality of life in special populations.

    This volume presents a balanced assessment of the research evidence, highlights important directions for future work, and draws clear links between theory, research, and clinical practice. As the most complete and authoritative resource on the topic of physical activity and mental health, this is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners in a wide range of fields, including clinical and health psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, behavioural and preventive medicine, gerontology, nursing, public health and primary care.

    Physical Activity as a Mental Health Intervention in the Era of Managed Care: A Rationale - Panteleimon Ekkekakis SECTION 1: The physical activity "feel good" effect - Section Editor: Panteleimon Ekkekakis Chapter 1: Pleasure from the exercising body: Two centuries of changing outlooks in psychological thought - Panteleimon Ekkekakis Chapter 2: Physical activity and reward: The role of endogenous opioids - -Henning Boecker and Rod K. Dishman Chapter 3: Physical activity feel-good effect: The role of endocannabinoids - Francis Chaouloff, Sarah Dubreucq, Isabelle Matias and Giovanni Marsicano Chapter 4: Physical activity and reward: The role of dopamine - Justin S. Rhodes and Petra Majdak SECTION 2: Anxiety disorders - Section Editor: Jasper A.J. Smits Chapter 5: The relationship between physical activity and anxiety and its disorders - Angela Utschig, Michael W. Otto, Mark Powers and Jasper A.J. Smits Chapter 6: Mechanisms underlying the relationship between physical activity and anxiety: Human data - Katharina Gaudlitz, Brigitt-Leila von Lindenberger, Elisabeth Zschucke and Andreas Ströhle Chapter 7: Mechanisms underlying the relationship between physical activity and anxiety: Animal data - Benjamin N Greenwood and Monika Fleshner SECTION 3: Depression and mood disorders - Section Editor: Lynette L. Craft Chapter 8: Exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of depression - Patrick J. Smith and James A. Blumenthal Chapter 9: Potential psychological mechanisms underlying the exercise and depression relationship - Lynette L. Craft Chapter 10: The neurobiology of depression and physical exercise - Michael Chen SECTION 4: Self-perceptions and self-evaluations - Section Editor: Kathleen A. Martin Ginis Chapter 11: Physical activity and self-perceptions among children and adolescents - Lindsay E. Kipp and Maureen R. Weiss Chapter 12: Physical activity and self-perceptions among adults - Peter R. E. Crocker, Carolyn E. McEwen and Amber D. Mosewich Chapter 13: Identities, schemas and definitions: How aspects of the self influence exercise behavior - Shaelyn Strachan and Diane Whaley Chapter 14: Physical activity and personal agency: Self-efficacy as a determinant, consequence, and mediator - Edward McAuley, Emily Mailey, Amanda Szabo and Neha Gothe Chapter 15: Physical activity and body image - Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Desmond McEwan and Rebecca Bassett-Gunter SECTION 5: Cognitive function across the lifespan - Section Editor: Jennifer L. Etnier Chapter 16: Physical activity: Relations with children's cognitive and academic performance - Jennifer I. Gapin, Lisa A. Barella and Jennifer L. Etnier Chapter 17: Exercise effects on brain and cognition in older adults - Michelle W. Voss and Kirk I. Erickson Chapter 18: Physical activity, cognitive impairment, and dementia - Laura E Middleton, Kristine Yaffe and Deborah Barnes Chapter 19: Exercise and cognitive function: Neurobiological mechanisms - Nicole C. Berchtold and Carl W. Cotman SECTION 6: Psychosocial stress - Section Editor: Mark Hamer Chapter 20: Physical activity, stress reactivity, and stress-mediated pathophysiology - Mark Hamer and Andrew Steptoe Chapter 21: Impact of physical activity on diurnal rhythms: A potential mechanism for exercise-induced stress resistance and resilience - Monika Fleshner, Robert S. Thompson and Benjamin N Greenwood Chapter 22: Physical activity and stress: Peripheral physiological adaptations - Jacqueline Beaudry, Anna D’souza and Michael C. Riddell Chapter 23: Physical activity, stress, and immune function - Kate M. Edwards and Paul J. Mills SECTION 7: Pain - Section Editor: Dane B. Cook Chapter 24: The interaction of musculoskeletal pain and physical activity: Human studies - Thomas Graven-Nielsen, Henrik B Madsen and Lars Arendt-Nielsen Chapter 25: Effects of physical activity on laboratory pain: Studies on animals - Kathleen A. Sluka Chapter 26: Effects of acute and chronic physical activity on chronic pain conditions - Aaron J. Stegner. Morgan R. Shields, Jacob D. Meyer and Dane B. Cook Chapter 27: Physical activity and pain: Neurobiological mechanisms - Laura D. Ellingson and Dane B. Cook SECTION 8: Energy and fatigue - Section Editor: Justy Reed Chapter 28: Effect of acute and regular aerobic physical activity on positive activated affect - Justy Reed Chapter 29: Physical activity and feelings of fatigue, Timothy W. Puetz and Matthew P. Herring Chapter 30: Tired of being sedentary: Physical activity as a treatment goal in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome - Jo Nijs, Mira Meeus, Jessica Van Oosterwijck, Kelly Ickmans, Inge van Eupen and Daphne Kos SECTION 9: Addictions - Section Editor: Michael Ussher Chapter 31: Physical activity as an aid in smoking cessation - Adrian H. Taylor and Michael Ussher Chapter 32: Physical activity and alcohol and drug use disorders - Ana M. Abrantes, Stephen Matsko, Jessica Wolfe and Richard A. Brown Chapter 33: The neurobiology of exercise and drug-seeking behavior - Mark A. Smith and Wendy J. Lynch SECTION 10: Quality of life in special populations - Section Editor: S. Nicole Culos-Reed Chapter 34: Role of physical activity in older adults' quality of life - Steriani Elavsky and Edward McAuley Chapter 35: Physical activity and quality of life in cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases - Charles F. Emery, Risa N. Long and KayLoni L. Olson Chapter 36: Physical activity and quality of life in cancer survivors - Jeffrey Vallance, S. Nicole Culos-Reed, Michael Mackenzie and Kerry S. Courneya Chapter 37: Physical activity and quality of life in multiple sclerosis - Robert W. Motl Chapter 38: Exercise and quality of life in schizophrenia - Guy Faulkner, Paul Gorczynski and Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos Postscript - Panteleimon Ekkekakis


    Panteleimon Ekkekakis is an Associate Professor at the Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University, USA. His research focuses on the affective responses to physical activity of different levels of intensity, as well as the cognitive and physiological factors that influence these responses. His publications span the areas of affective psychology, psychometrics, personality and individual differences, psychophysiology, health psychology, behavioural and preventive medicine, applied physiology, and exercise science. He is also an elected fellow of the American College of Sports medicine.