Volume 11 - 2007

A Better Quality of Life: Self-Reported Physical and Psychological Health Benefits from Exercise

Lynn Rossini

This study examined physical and psychological health benefits from exercising. Participants included 101 current and former fitness club members. The members completed measures assessing perceptions of their own physical health, mental health, and appearance. Demographic information, including preferred club resources and body measurements, was also provided. Results indicated that long-term members, over five years, had greater satisfaction with their bodies and fewer health problems. In addition, members with lower Body Mass Index (BMI) scores showed more concern with their appearance and health, less concern with weight preoccupation, and had smaller discrepancies between actual and ideal body images. It was also found that club resources were a factor in maintaining long-term memberships. Other factors, such as, potentially interfering with continuation of regular fitness routines, are discussed

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