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Exercise improves self-esteem and mood of patients in psychiatric care facilities. This, according to researchers at the University of Vermont.

Researchers built a gym in the university medical center’s inpatient psychiatry unit and introduced 60-minute exercise regimens into each patient’s treatment plan. The team surveyed patients on their mood, self-esteem, and self-image before and after each exercise session.

They found that 95% of patients reported an improved mood after exercising. Additionally, 92% reported feeling satisfied with their bodies and 63% reported feeling happy or very happy after working out.

These findings demonstrate that exercise can benefit people undergoing inpatient treatment for a mental illness. The researchers hope more psychiatric facilities will incorporate exercise into treatment.


Tomasi, D., Gates, S., et al. (2019, May 21). Positive Patient Response to a Structured Exercise Program Delivered in Inpatient Psychiatry. Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Retrieved from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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