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The role of passion in exercise addiction, exercise volume, and exercise intensity in long-term exercisers

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Kovacsik, R, Griffiths, MD, Pontes, HM, Soos, I, de la Vega, R, Ruiz-Barquin, R, Demetrovics, Z and Szabo, A 2018 , 'The role of passion in exercise addiction, exercise volume, and exercise intensity in long-term exercisers' , International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, no. Januar , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-9880-1.

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Abstract

Recent studies have shown a relationship between the risk for exercise addiction (REA) and passion. This research examined whether levels of REA, volume of exercise (in weekly hours), and self-reported exercise intensities yield differences in obsessive passion and harmonious passion among individuals with long history of exercise. Respondents (n = 360) completed the Exercise Addiction Inventory, Passion Scale, and Borg Scale (assessing their usual exercise intensity), and reported their volume of exercise (hours per week). Regression analysis demonstrated that exercise intensity, obsessive passion, and harmonious passion were significant predictors (r2 = .381, p 2 = .318). Exercisers classified as at REA reported higher obsessive passion, harmonious passion, and exercise intensity (p ≤ .001) than those classified as symptomatic, who in turn scored higher on these measures (p ≤ .006) than asymptomatic exercisers. Participants reporting greater volumes of exercise also scored higher on obsessive passion, harmonious passion (p p = .032), and REA scores (p = .042) than individuals who exercised less. Finally, women exercising between low and high intensities exhibited greater obsessive passion, as well as harmonious passion (p ≤ .005) than men reporting similar exercise intensities. These findings support the recently reported relationship between passion and REA. They also expand the current knowledge by demonstrating that obsessive passion and harmonious passion are greater in the individuals who exercise at higher volumes and with higher intensities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kovacsik, R and Griffiths, MD and Pontes, HM and Soos, I and de la Vega, R and Ruiz-Barquin, R and Demetrovics, Z and Szabo, A
Keywords: compulsive exercise, exercise dependence, harmonious passion, obsessive passion, exercise addiction
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1557-1874
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s11469-018-9880-1
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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