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The immediate and durable effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress


Tong, J and Qi, X and He, Z and Chen, S and Pedersen, SJ and Cooley, PD and Spencer-Rodgers, J and He, S and Zhu, X, The immediate and durable effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress, Journal of American College Health pp. 1-9. ISSN 0744-8481 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/07448481.2019.1705840


Objective: This study aimed to examine the effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress and the underlying mechanisms.

Participants: Healthy undergraduates from four yoga and four fitness classes participated in Study 1 (n = 191) and Study 2 (n = 143), respectively (in 2017 Fall).

Methods: Study 1 evaluated the immediate effect (a 60-minute practice) while Study 2 evaluated the durable effect (a 12-week intervention).

Results: Results showed that immediate stress reduction was more salient in the yoga group than that in the fitness group in Study 1. Yoga group had a greater increase in mindfulness, which predicted stress reduction. Similar observations were made in Study 2 showing the durable effect of yoga on stress reduction through mindfulness.

Conclusions: Yoga intervention is better than fitness exercises in helping undergraduates cultivate mindfulness and reduce stress. These findings may guide future interventions in stress management in college students.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:college students, stress reduction, mental health, mindfulness, non-medical interventions, physical activity
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Pedersen, SJ (Dr Scott Pedersen)
ID Code:138946
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-05-13
Last Modified:2021-08-24

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