Physical Fitness Testing for Mental Health
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Physical Fitness Testing
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How are Physical Fitness Tests Performed?
After initial weight and body fat testing, resistance exercises will be requested, such as sit-ups, push-ups, or bodyweight squats, until exhaustion to determine their muscular endurance levels. The session will also likely involve tests of maximum strength, as well as an assessment of cardiovascular fitness. A physical fitness test may also include a walk on a treadmill, as many step-up exercises as possible within a specified period, or maximum capacity on a stationary bike. The doctor will likely measure heart rate during and after these tests to determine just how well the heart is working.
Who Performs a Physical Fitness Test?
What Does a Fitness Assessment Tell the Doctor?
A physical fitness test provides a doctor with valuable information about overall health and wellness. For example, it can tell a doctor if there are any underlying health conditions that have resulted from addiction. Determining the presence of health problems is an essential part of addiction recovery. In fact, a study involving people who use crack cocaine found that two-thirds of them had at least one health problem.2
Other research shows that alcohol abuse is the number two cause of high blood pressure.3
A physical fitness test can pick up on these underlying health problems associated with substance abuse.
Why is Physical Fitness Important to Recovery?
Mind and Body Wellness
It is also essential to consider the fact that the mind and body are connected. When the body is physically fit, the mind will benefit as well. For someone who is struggling with addiction, physical fitness can improve mental well-being, which is essential for recovery from substance abuse.
What Does the Research Say About Physical Fitness in Recovery
Lowered Depression Symptoms
Some of the more specific results of the report are also worth mentioning. For example, the scientists found that moderate-to-high intensity exercise performed for 35 minutes significantly lowered depression symptoms among people with alcohol addiction. Other studies included in the report showed that walking on a treadmill at a moderate pace, reduced marijuana cravings, and improved the chances of staying sober from other drugs.
Should Physical Fitness be Incorporated into Recovery?