A naturalistic study of the impact of acute physical activity on feeling states and affect in women

Health Psychol. 1996 Sep;15(5):391-7. doi: 10.1037//0278-6133.15.5.391.


This field study used experience sampling procedures to examine the relationship of feeling states and affect to acute bouts of physical activity in women. Participants (N = 86) completed brief affect and feeling state measures (a) in response to random stratified pager tones and (b) before and after acute bouts of vigorous physical activity for 6 weeks. Analysis of averaged difference scores revealed that acute vigorous physical activity was associated with significant improvements in affect and feeling states, particularly in feelings of revitalization. Moreover, within-subject analyses indicated that the effects were moderated by preactivity scores, with the greatest improvements seen when women felt worst before activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Causality
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Physical Fitness / psychology
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sampling Studies