A new study of young adults who had recently experienced a first psychosis episode showed less severe symptoms after participants exercised regularly for 10 weeks. Specifically, researchers noticed a reduction of 27 percent in participants' symptoms after they exercised for 107 minutes per week. This was a significant difference from the symptoms of a control group.
The researchers chose to study 18 to 35 year-old adults because "establishing an exercise regime for people with psychosis is likely to be much more effective when they are younger, and in the earliest stages of treatment," according to Joseph Firth, one of the study's authors. Proactive treatment and exercise beginning at a young age may then help to stave off later "relapse, unemployment and premature death" as well as "rapid weight gain" due to medication side effects (MedlinePlus HealthDay News).