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

J Psychosom Res. 1996 Jun;40(6):637-42. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(95)00643-5.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Aged
  • Blood Pressure
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / psychology*
  • Hypertension / rehabilitation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory
  • Walking / psychology