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Effects of Emotional Exposure on State Anxiety after Acute Exercise.
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PMID:  22895382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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PURPOSE: Despite the well-known anxiolytic effect of acute exercise, it is unknown if anxiety reductions after acute exercise conditions survive in the face of a subsequently experienced arousing emotional exposure. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of moderate intensity cycle ergometer exercise to a seated rest control condition on state anxiety symptoms after exposure to a variety of highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant stimuli. METHOD: Thirty-seven healthy and normally physically active young adults completed two conditions on separate days: 1) 30-minutes of seated rest, and; 2) 30-minutes of moderate intensity cycle ergometer exercise (RPE = 13; 'somewhat hard'). After each condition, participants viewed 90 arousing pleasant and unpleasant and neutral pictures from the International Affective Picture System (IAPS) for 30 minutes. State anxiety was measured before and 15 minutes after each condition, and again after exposure to the affective pictures. RESULTS: State anxiety significantly decreased from baseline to after the exercise and seated rest conditions (p = .003). After the emotional picture viewing period, state anxiety significantly increased to baseline values after the seated rest condition (p = .001) but remained reduced after the exercise condition. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest the anxiolytic effects of acute exercise may be resistant to the potentially detrimental effects on mood after exposure to arousing emotional stimuli.
Authors:
J Carson Smith
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and science in sports and exercise     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1530-0315     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8005433     Medline TA:  Med Sci Sports Exerc     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2351 SPH Building, College Park, MD, 20742-2611, USA.
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