A prospective analysis of the relationship between walking and mood in sedentary ethnic minority women

Rebecca E. Lee, Jennifer H. Goldberg, James F. Sallis, Sara A. Hickmann, Cynthia M. Castro, Audrey H. Chen

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Abstract

Walking for exercise is becoming widely recognized for bestowing health benefits. This study examined the association of walking for exercise and mood in sedentary, ethnic minority women over a five-month period. Ethnic minority women (N = 102) participated in a randomized, controlled trial of a 7-week behaviorally based telephone and mail intervention that promoted the adoption of walking for exercise compared to a non-behavioral minimal intervention. At 2-month post-test and 5-month follow-up, participants reported significant decreases in depressive mood and increases in vigor. Increase in walking over the course of the study was associated with change in vigor. Limited evidence was found to support a relationship between walking for exercise and mood improvement in ethnic-minority women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalWomen and Health
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ethnic minority women
  • Lifestyle activity
  • Mood
  • Walking for exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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