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

Tong, J, Qi, X, He, Z, Chen, S, Pedersen, SJ ORCID: 0000-0002-8566-7693, Cooley, PD, Spencer-Rodgers, J, He, S and Zhu, X 2020 , 'The immediate and durable effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress' , Journal of American College Health , pp. 1-9 , doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1705840.

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Abstract

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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators: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
Keywords: college students, stress reduction, mental health, mindfulness, non-medical interventions, physical activity
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of American College Health
Publisher: Heldref Publications
ISSN: 0744-8481
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1705840
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