Bartholomew, John B.; Laffrey, Shirley C.; Kilpatrick, Marcus; Spina, Robert J.
December 2004
American Journal of Health Studies;2004, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p214
Academic Journal
This experiment was designed to determine if a single bout of exercise was sufficient to improve the mood of older (60-79yrs.), Mexican-American women. Participants (n=42) were drawn from a central Texas senior center and randomly assigned to either 20 min of treadmill walking at 70% of HRR or 20 min of a group discussion regarding health-related issues. The primary dependent variables were drawn from Spanish translations of the PANAS and the EFI that were assessed prior to and immediately and 30 min following the experimental conditions. Results indicated that all women, regardless of condition, experienced a significant linear increase in positive affect, as measured by the PANAS, and revitalization and tranquility, as measured by the EFI. Thus, although a single bout of exercise is sufficient to improve the mood of this population, it appears to be no different from a period of social interaction.


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