A Comparison Of Post Exercise Mood Enhancement Across Common Exercise Distraction Activities

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Article 1.The article “A comparison of post-exercise mood enhancement across common exercise distraction activities”
By William Russell, Brian Pritschet, Beth Frost, and John Emmett is about the mood enhancement from exercise that may occur due to distraction known as the "time-out" hypothesis. This study examined whether exercise under conditions of distraction differed significantly from exercise controls. They used fifty-three college age students that were randomly assigned to; exercise while reading, watching television, or in controlled conditions. Participants rode an exercise bike for 25 minutes at 60-75% of their individual heart rate reserve. Data had been collected every 5 minutes during the exercise. A dependent t-test indicated that exercise improved mood from pre to post exercise. The findings indicate that it may be the enjoyable characteristics of distraction and not distraction, per se, that are important in the exercise mood-enhancement relationship. It was concluded that enjoyment may mediate acute mood changes associated with aerobic exercise and that distraction activity during exercise should contain enjoyable, self-motivating content. Article 2. In the article “The effects of exercise on mood changes: The moderating effect of depressed mood”
By A.M. Lane, D.J. Lovejoy is about a recent study examined the extent to which pre-exercise depressed mood moderated the influence of exercise on changes in other mood dimensions. The study was…

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