A prospective analysis of the relationship between walking and mood in sedentary ethnic minority women

Women Health. 2001;32(4):1-15. doi: 10.1300/J013v32n04_01.


Walking for exercise is becoming widely recognized for bestowing health benefits. This study examined the association of walking for exercise and mood in sedentary, ethnic minority women over a five-month period. Ethnic minority women (N = 102) participated in a randomized, controlled trial of a 7-week behaviorally based telephone and mail intervention that promoted the adoption of walking for exercise compared to a non-behavioral minimal intervention. At 2-month post-test and 5-month follow-up, participants reported significant decreases in depressive mood and increases in vigor. Increase in walking over the course of the study was associated with change in vigor. Limited evidence was found to support a relationship between walking for exercise and mood improvement in ethnic-minority women.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Counseling
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Prospective Studies
  • Telephone
  • United States
  • Walking / psychology*
  • Women's Health*