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Behav Med. 2018 Apr-Jun;44(2):108-115. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2016.1276428. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Attending to Timely Contingencies: Promoting Physical Activity Uptake Among Adults with Serious Mental Illness with an Exercise-For-Mood vs. an Exercise-For-Fitness Prescription.

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a Albright College.
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b McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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c McLean Hospital.
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d The University of Texas at Austin.
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e Boston University.

Abstract

Despite evidence for both physical and mental health benefits achieved through regular exercise, most Americans fail to meet minimum recommendations. Altering the behavioral contingency from a focus on long-term health benefits to immediate mood benefits represents a novel method for exercise promotion. The current study examined a single-session exercise-for-mood intervention against two time-matched comparison conditions in 152 patients with serious mental illness attending a partial hospital program, a population marked by significant health disparities. This intervention was compared to a standard exercise-for-fitness intervention and a time-matched no-exercise control. Among patients with high levels of exercise prior to the partial hospital program, the exercise-for-mood intervention yielded significant increases in exercise. Implications for exercise promotion interventions among psychiatrically ill patients are discussed.

KEYWORDS:

exercise initiation; physical activity; serious mental illness

PMID:
28027010
DOI:
10.1080/08964289.2016.1276428
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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