The effects of low-frequency aerobic exercise training on psychological well-being

Yuichi Nakahara-Gondoh, Toshihiko Fujimoto, Hiroomi Sensui, Toshiya Nagamatsu

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Abstract

Aim: Many studies have reported that aerobic exercise is effective in improving psychological well-being. However, there is little knowledge about whether it is effective at a low-frequency of one or two times a week. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of low-frequency aerobic exercise training on psychological well-being in young adults using a mental health questionnaire. Methods: University students who did not regularly exercise participated in the present study (training group: n=18, control group: n=16). The training group performed aerobic exercise training at a lowfrequency (total of 30 times, once a week or more), while the control group performed no exercise. Estimated VO2max, body weight and psychological well-being were measured before and after the aerobic exercise training period. Results: VO2max and body weight did not significantly change after aerobic exercise training. Compared with the control group, however, the training group exhibited a significant improvement in psychological well-being after the aerobic exercise training period. Conclusion: These findings suggest the possibility that even low-frequency aerobic exercise training is effective for improving psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBulletin of the Physical Fitness Research Institute
Issue number111
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Aerobic exercise training
  • Exercise training frequency
  • Psychological well-being.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Physiology (medical)

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