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J Health Psychol. 2017 Feb 1:1359105317691589. doi: 10.1177/1359105317691589. [Epub ahead of print]

Physical activity intensity and subjective well-being in healthy adults.

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1 Hartford Hospital, USA.
2
2 University of Connecticut, USA.

Abstract

The effect of physical activity intensity on subjective well-being has not been well established. We examined this relationship among 419 healthy adults using objective and subjective physical activity measurements (sample size varied among well-being assessments). For accelerometers, light-intensity physical activity positively associated with psychological well-being ( n = 150) and negatively associated with depression ( n = 99); moderate intensity negatively associated with pain severity ( n = 419) and positively associated with psychological well-being; sedentary behavior negatively associated with psychological well-being and positively associated with depression ( ps < .05). These findings were generally consistent with subjective measurements of physical activity (Question 8, Paffenbarger Questionnaire). Higher levels of sedentary behavior are associated with lower subjective well-being.

KEYWORDS:

depression; exercise; exercise behavior; physical activity; well-being

PMID:
28810402
DOI:
10.1177/1359105317691589

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