Psychological Benefits of Adhering to a Programme of Aerobic Exercise
Department of Psychology, University of Ulster, UK
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tony Cassidy
Reader, Department of Psychology
University of Ulster, UK
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Received Date: March 24, 2016; Accepted Date: April 01, 2016; Published Date: April 08, 2016
Citation: Cassidy T (2016) Psychological Benefits of Adhering to a Programme of Aerobic Exercise. Clin Exp Psychol 2: 119. doi: 10.4172/2471-2701.1000119
Copyright: © 2016 Cassidy T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
A matched control design was used to assess adherence to exercise over a 7 week programme and to explore the role of stress, mood, self-efficacy, optimism, resilience, growth and self-compassion in relation to exercise and exercise adherence. Overall 74 female university students, 42 in the experimental condition and 32 in the control group, were assessed at 3 time points over the 7 weeks. Control participants were matched for age and body shape. Those who scored higher on self-compassion, resilience and growth were more likely to complete the programme and taking part in the programme was associated with increased positive mood and reduced perceived stress. Additionally, exercise appeared to increase optimism, self-efficacy, resilience and perceived growth while reducing pessimism.