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Psychological Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity, The

Psychological Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity, The

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    In response to the demands of an increasingly complex society, more and more individuals are turning to exercise to promote their psychological well-being. The Psychological Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity explores the psychological outcomes that are known to be affected by physical activity behaviors. Rooted firmly in foundational science, the text offers opportunities for self-reflection and application, with an emphasis on physical activity recommendations and dose–response relationships supported by research.

    Whereas most exercise psychology texts center around psychological theory or interventions, The Psychological Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity focuses on psychological outcomes, such as the effects on depression and anxiety, as well as the impact on cognitive performance, memory, pain, and sleep. Written by Jennifer L. Etnier, PhD, who previously served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the full-color text includes engaging illustrations to help students visualize complex information, and the content is organized to be delivered in a semester-long course.

    The introductory chapters (chapters 1-3) set the stage with the history of exercise psychology, theories, and mechanisms proposed to explain research terminology and psychological benefits of exercise. In the remainder of the text (chapters 4-14), each chapter is dedicated to a particular outcome or psychological aspect. Each of these chapters begins with a vignette that provides a real-world example of why questions of exercise and the outcome are important. These chapters uncover the causes of particular psychological conditions and explore how exercise might affect those causes. Next, key research on the potential benefits of exercise for that specific psychological concern is examined. Each chapter closes with a chapter summary and discussion questions.

    Throughout the text, sidebars introduce thought-provoking ideas, provide opportunities for self-reflection, or describe interesting research studies that will help engage students. The text also includes learning objectives and key terms to further enhance student learning.

    The Psychological Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity offers students a comprehensive overview of how the mind benefits from physical activity behaviors. It is an essential text for any person interested in motivating others and promoting physical activity for beneficial psychological outcomes.


    Upper-level undergraduate text for courses in exercise psychology that are focused on the psychological outcomes of physical activity.
    Chapter 1. Introduction
    Chapter 2. Answering Research Questions
    Chapter 3. Methods and Measurement for Exercise Psychology
    Chapter 4. Exercise and Stress
    Chapter 5. Exercise and Anxiety
    Chapter 6. Exercise and Depression
    Chapter 7. Exercise and Affect, Mood, and Emotions
    Chapter 8. Exercise and Pain
    Chapter 9. Exercise and Cognitive Performance
    Chapter 10. Exercise and Brain Health
    Chapter 11. Exercise and Self-Esteem
    Chapter 12. Exercise and Body Image
    Chapter 13. Exercise and Sleep
    Chapter 14. Exercise and Quality of Life
    Jennifer L. Etnier, PhD, is a Julia Taylor Morton Distinguished Professor and chair in the department of kinesiology in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she has received the Health and Human Performance Teaching Award, UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, and Senior Research Excellence Award. She is an accomplished scholar, with nearly 100 publications and over 150 presentations, and has received over $3.8 million in external funding to support her research. In addition to her data-based scholarship, Etnier has written two books for youth sport participants (Bring Your ‘A’ Game and Coaching for the Love of the Game), has given over 20 podcast and radio interviews touching on youth sport issues, and is the author of a New York Times op-ed titled “Your Kids’ Coach Is Probably Doing It Wrong.”

    Etnier is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK). She previously served as president of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) and as editor of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, associate editor for the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, and section editor for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. She is currently an editorial board member for five peer-reviewed journals. In her free time, Etnier is an exercise enthusiast who loves to play soccer and pickleball, downhill ski, hike, bike, and paddle.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

    Instructor guide. Includes a syllabus and chapter objectives, plus lecture aids composed of ideas for lecture topics, sample lecture outlines, and guidance on how to effectively integrate other ancillary components into the teaching plan. The guide also includes ideas for assignments, activities, and class projects; ideas for paper or essay topics; and answers to chapter discussion questions.

    Test package. Contains 216 questions in multiple-choice, true-false, and open-ended formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests.

    Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (10-11 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter.

    Presentation package. Features more than 550 PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make handouts for students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

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