In the media
BBC Radio 4: All in the Mind: Professor Catherine Loveday comments on Mental Health and physical exercise
Psychology 18 December 2018
Professor Loveday explained how the sense of control over a problem and working as part of a team can help people overcome mental health issues: “We know that when people identify as part of a group and work together in a team to make some change, they start to feel a sense of belonging. They can work in a much more meaningful way when they are part of a group. We know that social identity is a hugely important part of health generally.”
Speaking about recent research assessing whether physical exercise can have an impact on our mood, she explained: “It has been found that if you exercise more than 30 minutes, it does not seem to have any additional benefits for your mood.
“Running has actually quite mixed effects on some people’s mood. For some people, it really works and for others it might not. But the things that consistently seem to help people are weight and resistance trainings. There are different theories as to where that might be, some of that is about distraction but there might also be a slightly meditative hypnotic type of approach as well because you might often have to count the number repetitions you have done and so on. That had a more consistent impact on mood than running for example. People also get a sense of efficacy, a sense of having completed something and getting a bit better each time.”
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.