Date of Award

Spring 3-24-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Kinesiology and Sport Management

First Advisor

Ms. Laura Kruger

Second Advisor

Dr. Hyung Suk Yang

Third Advisor

Ms. Debra Robertson


Exercise, Mental Health

Subject Categories

Other Kinesiology | Other Mental and Social Health


Exercise is an extremely important aspect towards positive mental health. Multiple studies have been done previously that show one benefit or another that exercise has towards mental health, but previously there had been no attempt to summarize the findings of these studies. The benefits that exercise has to an individual’s mental health are numerous, but despite this exercise is an underutilized tool in the quest for better mental health. There are many variables that affect the benefits of exercise to an individual’s mental health and it is important to understand all these variables to understand how to properly exercise to obtain these benefits. This thesis looks specifically at the connection between exercise and mental health, how to obtain the greatest benefits from exercise, as well as the potential downsides of utilizing this tool to help an individual’s mental health. It is important not only to understand these factors to help the public, as well as to help the world altogether.



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