Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Long-Distance Cycling on the Mood States and Self-Perceptions of Older Female Adults

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Long-Distance Cycling on the Mood States and Self-Perceptions of Older Female Adults

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Sherry Newsham, San Diego University for Integrative Studies, Milledge Murphey, University of Florida, and Peter Papadogiannis and Barbara Lemaire, San Diego University for Integrative Studies

Physical fitness has been deemed an important factor in maintaining health and effective functioning in older adults, and lack of exercise in middle-aged and older adults remains a societal concern. In spite of the low number of older adults who exercise regularly, researchers have advocated and documented the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise. In an effort to provide a preliminary evaluation of the effects of long-distance cycling on the mood states and self-perceptions of older female adults, 19 women (Mage = 58; range = 50-71) who participated in a 2-month cross-country bicycle ride (3,000 miles averaging 50 miles per day) volunteered to complete pre- and posttests of the Profile of Mood States and Adult Self-Perception Profile at the start and at the end of the ride. The t test analysis of the Profile of Mood States revealed that the older female cyclists reported scores significantly lower (p [less than] .05) on tension, depression, anger, and confusion subscales, while reporting score s significantly higher (p [less than] . …

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