Essay about The Effect of Excersie on Mental Health

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The Effect of Excersie on Mental Health

I. Introduction

A. Although most people know about the many physical benefits that result from consistent exercise: 1. More than 60% of adults do not achieve the recommended amount of physical activity. 2. In addition, 25% of all adults are not active at all B. This is disturbing, not only because so many people are missing out on the physical benefits that result from exercise, but on the mental benefits that result from exercise as well

II. Body

Main Point #1: A great deal of attention has been paid to the relationship between physical fitness and psychological health. The four psychological areas that have been studied the most are: 1) Psychological well-being and mood,
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i. Results showed significant psychological benefits for both the high intensity and moderate intensity exercise groups. However, the moderate intensity exercise group showed the greatest increase. ii. In addition, on follow-up testing that took places 3 months later, the same results took place. 3. Summary a. Taking all the studies into consideration, the research shows positive effects on mood in both the short-term and the long-term. However, the short-term benefits seem to have a stronger relationship than the long-term benefits. b. The positive mood that results from exercise is due to less: anxiety, tension, depression, and fatigue.

B. Personality and Self-Concept 1. Studies have found a link between exercise and personality dimensions a. [Jasnoski and Holmes, 1981] 103 female college students were studied before and after a 15-week period of aerobic training. i. Results showed that after the 15 week-period was over, the participants were less inhibited, more imaginative, and more self-assured. ii. Greater aerobic performance was significantly associated with the results being shown to a higher degree. 2. Type "A" Personality a. Type A personality is characterized by an exaggerated sense of time urgency, competitiveness, and hostility. This is linked to heart disease. b. Most studies have
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