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Associations of objectively measured physical activity with daily mood ratings and psychophysiological stress responses in women.

Authors
  • Poole, Lydia
  • Steptoe, Andrew
  • Wawrzyniak, Andrew J
  • Bostock, Sophie
  • Mitchell, Ellen S
  • Hamer, Mark
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychophysiology
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2011
Volume
48
Issue
8
Pages
1165–1172
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.2011.01184.x
PMID: 21342205
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine associations of objectively measured physical activity with daily mood ratings and psychophysiological stress responses. We recruited 40 healthy females (aged 28.7 ± 6.1 yrs) who completed a once-a-day mood rating scale for 7 days, along with a 7-day assessment of physical activity using accelerometers and psychophysiological stress testing. The findings suggest that levels of physical activity as measured using an accelerometer are associated with both depressive symptoms over the past 2 weeks (CES-D) (r = - .33, p = .038) and with daily positive emotional style (r = .49, p = .001). The relationship between physical activity and positive emotional style remained after controlling for age, body mass index, and negative emotional style (t = 3.31, p = .002). Physical activity was not related to any psychophysiological stress responses.

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