Stress-Reducing Effect of Acute Exercise Persists

Anxiolytic effects of exercise resistant to exposure to negative or arousing emotional stimuli

THURSDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The anxiety-lowering effect of exercise seems to persist even after exposure to emotional stimuli, according to a study published online Aug. 14 in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Using data from 37 healthy and normally physically active young adults, J. Carson Smith, Ph.D., from the University of Maryland in College Park, compared the effects of moderate intensity exercise with a seated rest control condition on symptoms of state anxiety after exposure to pleasant and unpleasant stimuli. Participants completed two conditions on separate days: 30 minutes of seated rest and 30 minutes of moderate intensity cycle ergometer exercise, and then spent 30 minutes viewing 90 arousing, pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral pictures. Before and 15 minutes after each condition, and following exposure to the pictures, state anxiety was assessed.

The researchers found that, from baseline to after both the exercise and seated rest sessions, there was a significant decrease in state anxiety. Following the emotional picture viewing period there was a significant increase in state anxiety (to baseline values) after the seated rest condition, whereas after the exercise condition, state anxiety remained reduced.

"These findings suggest the anxiolytic effects of acute exercise may be resistant to the potentially detrimental effects on mood after exposure to arousing emotional stimuli," the author writes.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Debunking Three Rape Myths
Journal of Forensic Nursing, October/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2.5 $24.95


Drug updates and approvals: 2014 in review
The Nurse Practitioner, 13December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:3 $27.95


Can Food Processing Enhance Cancer Protection?
Nutrition Today, September/October 2014
Expires: 10/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95


More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events