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Article Title

AEROBIC EXERCISE EFFECTS ON SELF-ESTEEM IN SUBJECTS WITH SEDENTARY LIFESTYLES

Abstract

Zachary S. Bowman, Tyreik S. Cole, Joshua Dodsworth & Deric L. Fenzl

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

Throughout the years, people have looked for many ways to increase their self-esteem. People are turning to exercise as a way to achieve improved self-esteem benefits. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to determine if aerobic exercise has an acute benefit on self-esteem. METHODS: Twenty-seven sedentary individuals (5 females and 22 males) were recruited to participate in this study on self-esteem and exercise. Pre and post self-esteem was measured using a Rosenberg Self-Esteem Assessment. Eleven participants continued normal daily activity while the other 16 participated in 10 bouts of aerobic exercise over a three week span. Bouts of aerobic exercise were valid if they were continuous for thirty minutes, involved moderate perceived intensity, and were verified by the researcher being present. Exercise bouts included running, elliptical training, stair master training, and stationary bicycle training. RESULTS: The control group Self-Esteem scores averaged 23.36±3.6 pre, and post scores averaged 23.36±3.3. The experimental group averages were 21.8±2.9 pre and 26.1±2.3 for post-test scores. CONCLUSION: Data indicated that completing 10 bouts of aerobic exercise will increase self-esteem in sedentary college students. An interesting fact that emerged was that all of the subjects participating in routine aerobic exercise had an increase in Self-Esteem according to the Rosenberg test results.

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