Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Mary McDade


Mental health is one of the most crucial dimensions of well-being that is necessary for human wellness. However, it is also one of the most neglected aspects of individuals’ health, often resulting in the development of mental health disorders. There are multiple methods of treatment that can be used to support and improve mental health, one of which is exercise. While exercise is commonly prescribed as a form of prevention and treatment for physical ailments, such as hypertension and heart disease, it is often overlooked as being applicable to illnesses related to mental health. Furthermore, medications and therapy are more frequently used for treating and preventing mental health disorders than exercise. However, while exercise may not yet be as prevalent of a treatment as medications or therapy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests there is a positive correlation between regular exercise and mental health. In order to better understand the relationship between exercise and mental health, a comprehensive literature review was conducted. The purpose of this literature review is to identify and explain the impact that exercise has on mental health and how it can be used as an intervention for mental health disorders.

Year of Submission



Department of Biology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

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