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J Psychosom Res. 1996 Jun;40(6):637-42.

The effect of moderate exercise on mood in mildly hypertensive volunteers: a randomized controlled trial.

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  • 1Kahikatea, Mason Clinic, Avondale, Auckland, New Zealand.


This study reports an investigation of the effect of participating in moderate exercise (three 40-min sessions of brisk walking a week for 6 months) on mood state in 177 sedentary, mildly hypertensive volunteers. Mood was assessed by the Profile of Mood States, Bipolar Form (POMS-BI), and no significant differences were found between control and exercise groups. The intervention group increased its exercise output more than the control group, but there was also a significant increase in exercise done by the control group. We conclude that exercise has no major effect on mood in hypertensive volunteers.

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