Exercise and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.
There are a range of ways people use exercise to support their mental health and wellbeing. For example, aerobic exercises increase your breathing and heart rate, while weight training can improve your overall body strength.
Being active can generally help with mood and stress, but there isn’t currently evidence that any form of exercise will help with PTSD symptoms.
Physical exercise is one of several self-care strategies which young people told us help them manage their mental health and wellbeing. Read how other young people find physical exercise helpful here.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.