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Sports Psychology – Exercise and Mental Health

3. Exercise Addiction

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In this lecture, we think about exercise addiction, focusing in particular on: (i) the four key irrational beliefs that found an exercise addiction as demand, intolerance, catastrophising and self-deprecation; (ii) the rational alternatives for each of these irrational beliefs; (iii) the role that hormones play in a healthy relationship with exercise; (iv) some key negative thoughts that can be associated with exercise, including introjection and amotivation.


In this course, Dr Anthony Miller (Staffordshire University) explores the relationship between exercise and mental health. In the first lecture, we think about what exercise is and what mental health benefits it can bring. In the second lecture, we think about some key research findings in the field of exercise and mental health. In the third lecture, we think about the irrational beliefs and negative relationships that can exist in the mind of someone with an exercise addiction. Next, we think about techniques that can be implemented to improve people’s relationship with exercise. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about how these concepts can be summarised.


Dr Anthony Miller is a lecturer in the School of Health, Science and Wellbeing at Staffordshire University. Dr Miller’s research interests are in understanding human performance and wellbeing under pressure, with a particular focus on the social identity approach to leadership. Some of Dr Miller’s recent publications include 'Psychological distress across sport participation groups: The mediating effects of secondary irrational beliefs on the relationship between primary irrational beliefs and symptoms of anxiety, and depression' (2019) and 'Test-retest reliability of the irrational performance beliefs inventory' (2018).

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