An Examination of the Effects of Psychological Stress and Anxiety on Physical Activity and Physical Fitness

Makepeace, Lydia (2015) An Examination of the Effects of Psychological Stress and Anxiety on Physical Activity and Physical Fitness. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Dwight Waddell from Electrical Engineering , The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

In this study multiple measures of psychological stress, anxiety, physical fitness and physical activity were collected from 25 subjects in order to examine the relationships between stress, anxiety and fitness and between stress, anxiety and physical activity levels. It has long been hypothesized that levels of physical activity and physical fitness are moderators of psychological stress (Da Silva, et al., 2012). It has also been suggested that there is a bidirectional relationship between stress and physical activity and fitness levels (Da Silva, et al., 2012). This study intended to consider the ways that psychological stress may influence physical fitness and physical activity levels. It was hypothesized that increased levels of psychological stress would correspond to decreased physical fitness and lower levels of physical activity. Analysis of the data supported the hypothesis that increased stress and anxiety are related to decreased levels of activity and that elevated anxiety is related to lower fitness when measured as an estimated VO2Max but elevated stress was not related to Estimated VO2Max and was associated with lower BMI, WHR and weight.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Makepeace, Lydia
Student's Degree Program(s): General Engineering
Thesis Advisor: Dwight Waddell
Thesis Advisor's Department: Electrical Engineering
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Depositing User: Lydia Makepeace
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 16:17
Last Modified: 07 May 2015 16:17
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/376

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