Exercise and mental health | EPICSS

Two recently completed projects in the EPiCSS research group focus on links between physical activity, wellbeing, and mental health. 'FitForChange' is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) investigating the effects of a 12-week exercise program on alcohol consumption and health-related variables (stress, depression/anxiety, sleep quality, etc.) in alcohol dependent adults. The trial was conducted between Feb 2019 and Dec 2020 at Riddargatan1, an outpatient clinic located in central Stockholm.

Our second project, ‘FitForAge’ (also an RCT) aims to better understand the effects of yoga-based exercise on subjective wellbeing, mental and somatic health in older adults (65-85 years). In addition to these trials, Dr Hallgren leads observational studies examining associations of sedentary behavior (too much sitting) and mental health. This recent research has been widely recognized in leading journals and presented in popular science articles on the internet. 

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Mats Hallgren

Principal Researcher


Effects of acute exercise on craving, mood and anxiety in non-treatment seeking adults with alcohol use disorder: An exploratory study.
Hallgren M, Vancampfort D, Hoang MT, Andersson V, Ekblom Ö, Andreasson S, Herring MP
Drug Alcohol Depend 2021 03;220():108506

Passive Versus Mentally Active Sedentary Behaviors and Depression.
Hallgren M, Dunstan DW, Owen N
Exerc Sport Sci Rev 2020 01;48(1):20-27

Cross-sectional and prospective relationships of passive and mentally active sedentary behaviours and physical activity with depression.
Hallgren M, Nguyen TT, Owen N, Stubbs B, Vancampfort D, Lundin A, Dunstan D, Bellocco R, Lagerros YT
Br J Psychiatry 2020 08;217(2):413-419

Physical activity as treatment for alcohol use disorders (FitForChange): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.
Hallgren M, Andersson V, Ekblom Ö, Andréasson S
Trials 2018 Feb;19(1):106

More Reasons to Move: Exercise in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders.
Hallgren M, Vancampfort D, Schuch F, Lundin A, Stubbs B
Front Psychiatry 2017 ;8():160

Exercise as treatment for alcohol use disorders: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Hallgren M, Vancampfort D, Giesen ES, Lundin A, Stubbs B
Br J Sports Med 2017 Jul;51(14):1058-1064



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