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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Exercise Effects on People's Everyday Mood and Daily Functioning

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Exercise has been shown to affect mood and cognitive functions such as memory. However, several factors of exercise, as in the type (aerobic vs. anaerobic), intensity, frequency, and duration may be important to consider. The current study examined the relationship between these specific exercise factors, mood, and memory. People who reported exercising more frequently, at low to moderate intensity levels, for shorter duration, and preferred more aerobic exercises were expected to have better daily mood and general memory. Results indicated that the exercise factors together did predict a positive mood; however, none of the factors alone uniquely predicted mood. Additionally, none of the exercise factors, together or individually, predicted general memory. This may indicate that the positive effects of exercise may be short-lived and only temporarily affect memory, as opposed to the long-term effects examined in the study. Thus, future research could experimentally test the exercise factors to determine if they have more immediate vs. long-term effects on memory and mood.


Wednesday April 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Lumsden Gym
  • Moderator Shannon Lupien