The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of chronic and acute exercise in heart rate and cognitive and somatic anxiety responses to a psychosocial stressor. Ten high physically active females and ten low physically active females participated in two experimental conditions: a single bout of exercise at 70% of the subject’s age predicted maximal heart rate and an attentional diversion condition. Acute exercise was found to be an ineffective means of reducing reactivity to stress when compared to attentional diversion. Physical activity level did not correspond to an attenuation in physiological and subjective responses to psychosocial stress.
|Journal||International Journal of Sport Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 1988|