Body mass index is correlated to the pleasure experienced during self-selected exercise in people with depressive disorders

      Background: Acute exercise at self-selected intensity is shown to improve well-being, vigour, mood and calmness in people with mental illness, while reducing arousal depression and weakness. Affective valance (pleasant/unpleasant feelings) during exercise is shown to predict long-term exercise adherence in healthy populations and is associated with ratings of perceived exertion following self-selected exercise in people with mental illness. Additionally, affective responses to self-selected exercise differ between mental illnesses. In healthy populations, affective responses differ between overweight and healthy-weight individuals. Given the prevalence of overweight and obesity in people with mental illness, it is important to understand how weight status may impact affective responses to exercise, and subsequent exercise prescription.
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