The world is facing a mental health crisis due to the chronic stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research shows that just six weeks of chronic stress leads to depression and anxiety. Exercise buffers these effects; however, the abrupt societal cancellation from COVID-19 may be impeding peoples ability to exercise. We will use an online survey to characterize the impact COVID-19 on mental health; identify the unique challenges to exercising now; and use that information to create a evidence-based exercise toolkit for mental health that will be made freely available within 3 months.

COVID-19 & Mental Health

Coming soon

with your help!

A freely available, evidence-based

exercise toolkit for mental health




The Conversation [READ IT HERE]


"The chronic stress of coronavirus is affecting your mental health. Here’s how exercise can help."


May 21, 2020


Expert Opinion by Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz & Maryam Marashi



"Suffering a quarantine dip in mood? Struggling to find motivation to do anything? You are not alone... Our latest research aims to develop an Exercise Toolkit for Mental Health to support people during this pandemic and in the future. But we need your help."



The Conversation [READ IT HERE]


"Anxiety about coronavirus can increase the risk of infection —

but exercise can help"


March 22, 2020


Expert Opinion by Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz



"Although it is important to be prepared during this pandemic, we do not need to panic. Physical activity can help protect the immune system from the effects of stress."

Dr. Jennifer J. Heisz  | Associate Professor | Department of Kinesiology | Ivor Wynne Centre, Room E206 | McMaster University | 1280 Main Street West | Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8