A Literature Review and Proposed Future Study to Analyze the Effectiveness of Utilizing Physical Activity as a Counselling Medium.
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Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between positive mental health outcomes and physical activity. Studies have found that exercise has the potential to alter both physiological and neurological properties within the brain making it an ideal option as a preventative, treatment and maintenance modality. The following paper includes an extensive literature review and proposed future study that will aid in substantiating the hypothesis that utilizing exercise as a counselling medium in conjunction with other counselling techniques will help to: (a) increase the effectiveness of treatment; (b) decrease the duration of sessions required and; (c) provide greater long term sustainability for the client. In order to support this hypothesis literature was reviewed on the following: utilization and outcomes of non-traditional counselling mediums; physiological responses and requirements of physical activity; specifications for utilization of moderate-intensity exercises. The results from this review assisted in establishing the structural overview for the counselling medium and suggested future study as it is outlined in the final chapter.