Acute psychological effects of one high intensity exercise
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- Institutt for psykologi 
The aim of this study was to examine if there are positive acute mood effects of one high intensity exercise. Method: self-completion questionnaires were used to measure the state mood of the participants. 20 persons with a diagnosis of a psychotic disorder (group one), 22 persons with a psychiatric diagnosis of a non-psychotic disorder (group two) and 20 persons with no psychiatric disorder (group three) performed one high intensity exercise while completing the same questionnaire before and after this exercise at five points in time. Results: all three groups experienced significantly more positive affect, more positive well-being and less psychological distress after the exercise than before. Group number one and two also experienced a significant drop in anxiety after the exercise. Discussion: Exercise should be offered as an additional treatment to persons in a psychiatric population. Especially to those who are at a high risk for health problems due to their lifestyle or weight. Performing a high intensity exercise can have positive effects on both physical and mental health.