Event Title

The Effect of Exercise Intensity and Frequency of Exercise on Health, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, and Positive Emotions

Mentor 1

Raymond Fleming

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

29-4-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

29-4-2016 3:30 PM

Description

In today’s society exercise has become a tool that many people use not only for weight loss but also for overall well-being. Past studies have shown that exercise can lead to better health, such as a reduction in anxiety and depression, and an increase in self-esteem and positive emotions. However, little research that has been conducted on the differences between exercise frequency and intensity on health outcomes. The current study used self-report measures to determine life satisfaction, happiness, social support, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, coping methods, positive emotions, and health behaviors of 108 college students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The correlational results of our study showed that higher levels of exercise intensity are associated with better health (less likely to smoke, p = ..005), less anxiety (p = ..017), more positive coping styles (p=.022), higher religiosity (p=.009), positive emotions (p=.001) and higher self-esteem (p=.024). However, frequency of exercise was not associated with coping styles or religiosity. Instead, exercise frequency was associated with more happiness (p =..298), higher life satisfaction (p = ..005), less anxiety (p=.000), and higher self-esteem (p =.010). Neither frequency nor intensity of exercise was associated with depression in the current sample. Although the benefits of exercise are well established on health, exercise intensity and frequency may make different contributions to overall health.

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Apr 29th, 1:30 PM Apr 29th, 3:30 PM

The Effect of Exercise Intensity and Frequency of Exercise on Health, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, and Positive Emotions

Union Wisconsin Room

In today’s society exercise has become a tool that many people use not only for weight loss but also for overall well-being. Past studies have shown that exercise can lead to better health, such as a reduction in anxiety and depression, and an increase in self-esteem and positive emotions. However, little research that has been conducted on the differences between exercise frequency and intensity on health outcomes. The current study used self-report measures to determine life satisfaction, happiness, social support, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, coping methods, positive emotions, and health behaviors of 108 college students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The correlational results of our study showed that higher levels of exercise intensity are associated with better health (less likely to smoke, p = ..005), less anxiety (p = ..017), more positive coping styles (p=.022), higher religiosity (p=.009), positive emotions (p=.001) and higher self-esteem (p=.024). However, frequency of exercise was not associated with coping styles or religiosity. Instead, exercise frequency was associated with more happiness (p =..298), higher life satisfaction (p = ..005), less anxiety (p=.000), and higher self-esteem (p =.010). Neither frequency nor intensity of exercise was associated with depression in the current sample. Although the benefits of exercise are well established on health, exercise intensity and frequency may make different contributions to overall health.