Effects of Physical Activity on Psychological Function and Health

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Assessments".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 134

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Bianca Miarka
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Guest Editor
School of Physical Education and Sports, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 21941-599, Brazil
Interests: cognitive and behavioral analysis; emotional regulation; physical health promotion; mental health and well-being; performance enhancement; aging and healthy aging; psychological and epidemiological studies; workplace wellness; psychophysiology; exercise psychology; mental and physical rehabilitation; chronic disease management
Dr. Ciro José Brito
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Guest Editor
Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora 36036-900, Brazil
Interests: exercise science; exercise physiology; genetics; biochemistry; sport physiology; sports science; exercise performance; strength & conditioning; sport biomechanics; human physiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Healthcare will explore the relationship between physical activity and quality of health and psychological function, which has gained significant momentum in recent years. Many individuals, organizations, and disciplines have shown keen interest in this area. Health professionals, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers, are interested in promoting physical activity to improve overall health and well-being. They recognize the potential of regular exercise in preventing and managing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. Public health organizations and advocacy groups also focus on disease prevention and health promotion through physical activity.

Mental health professionals and researchers are growing interested in the psychological benefits of physical activity. Studies have shown that exercise can reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress and improve mood and overall psychological well-being. This has increased attention to exercise as a non-pharmacological intervention for mental health conditions. Athletes, coaches, and sports organizations are invested in understanding how physical activity can enhance performance. They explore the effects of different exercise modalities, training techniques, and recovery strategies on athletic performance and psychological factors such as motivation, focus, and confidence. There is also significant interest in how physical activity can support healthy aging and mitigate age-related decline in physical and cognitive functions. Researchers, healthcare professionals, and older adults are interested in exercise interventions to enhance the quality of life, functional independence, and cognitive abilities in older populations.

Workplace wellness programs incorporate physical activity components to improve employee health, productivity, and well-being. Employers recognize the importance of physical activity in reducing sedentary behavior and promoting a healthy workforce. Academic and scientific researchers across various disciplines are dedicated to advancing knowledge on the effects of physical activity. Healthcare is open to demonstrating work that contributes to evidence-based guidelines, policy changes, and the overall understanding of how physical activity impacts health and psychological function. Overall, the diverse interests in physical activity and its relationship to quality of health and psychological function reflect a shared goal of promoting healthier lifestyles, preventing chronic diseases, enhancing mental well-being, and optimizing human performance.

Dr. Bianca Miarka
Dr. Ciro José Brito
Guest Editors

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  • exercise
  • emotional regulation
  • quality of life
  • healthcare
  • cognition

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