Effect of Acute and Regular Aerobic Physical Activity on Positive Activated Affect

Authored by: Justy Reed

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782999
eBook ISBN: 9780203132678
Adobe ISBN: 9781136477805


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Physical activity promotes health and well-being (e.g., Warburton, Nicol, & Bredin, 2006). Positive activated affect (PAA) is a subjective mental state of energy and enthusiasm related to health and well-being. For example, PAA correlates favorably with longevity (Kubzansky, Sparrow, Vokonas, & Kawachi, 2001), immune function (Cohen, Doyle, Turner, Alper, & Skoner, 2003), stress response (Steptoe, Wardle, & Marmot, 2005), and marital satisfaction (Rogers & May, 2003). Given that physical activity is a healthy behavior and PAA is a positive mental state, the effect of physical activity on PAA offers a fertile area for health-related scientific inquiry. This chapter will review the quantitative effect of acute and regular physical activity on PAA, discuss a conceptual issue relative to PAA, and provide suggestions for future study. The chapter begins with definitions for the variables of interest: physical activity and PAA.

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