Effects of abstinence from habitual involvement in regular exercise on feeling states: An ecological momentary assessment study

Heather A. Hausenblas, Lise Gauvin, Danielle Symons Downs, Aaron R. Duley

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Abstract

Regular exercise was experimentally reduced to determine its effects on positive feeling states. Using ecological momentary assessments, 40 participants maintained their regular exercise routine on 3 days and were deprived of their scheduled exercise on 3 other days. They recorded their feeling states, using the Exercise-Induced Feeling Inventory, four times daily as well as prior to and following exercise. Multi-level modelling analyses controlling for diurnal variations in feeling states revealed that positive feeling states were elevated on days when exercise deprivation occurred compared with non-exercise days and when no deprivation manipulation occurred. People with lower exercise dependence symptoms felt better on days when they were deprived from exercise compared with non-exercise days, whereas people with higher exercise dependence symptoms felt about the same when they were deprived from exercise compared with non-exercise days. These findings demonstrate that positive feeling states occur following an acute bout of exercise and that exercise deprivation had a positive impact on feeling states, with the level of exercise dependence symptoms moderating this effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-255
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Health Psychology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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