Physical and Psychological Effects from Supervised Aerobic Music Exercise

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Objectives: To assess the physical and psychological effects across 11 weeks of music-exercise sessions, the participants' training experience, and attitudes towards physical activity. The effect of different music information was also investigated. Methods: Overall, 146 sedentary volunteers were randomized into 4 exercise groups and each group received different music information. Physical capacity and psychological measures were obtained. Results: Increased performance in oxygen uptake and flexibility and decreased blood pressure was found. Participants reported increased wellbeing and body-awareness, and an intention to remain physically active. No differences between groups were found. Conclusion: Music-exercise can be recommended to promote physical activity among sedentary individuals. The amount of musical information in synchronous music seems not to have any effects on self-selected intensity or physiological benefits.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden 2: Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. 3: Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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