Cardiorespiratory benefits of group exercise among adults with serious mental illness

Gerald J. Jerome, Deborah Rohm Young, Arlene T. Dalcin, Nae Yuh Wang, Joseph Gennusa, Stacy Goldsholl, Lawrence J. Appel, Gail L. Daumit

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This study examined cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) among adults with serious mental illness (SMI) participating in group exercise classes. Overweight and obese adults with SMI were randomized to either a control condition or a weight management condition with group exercise classes (n = 222). Submaximal bicycle ergometry was used to assess CRF at baseline, 6 and 18 months. Those with ≥ 66% participation in the exercise classes had a lower heart rate response at 6 and 18 month follow-up. Participation in group exercise classes was associated with improved short and long term cardiovascular fitness among adults with SMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-87
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry research
StatePublished - Oct 2017


  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Physical activity
  • Serious mental illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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