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The immediate and durable effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress
Objective: This study aimed to examine the effects of yoga and physical fitness exercises on stress and the underlying mechanisms.
Participants: Healthy undergraduates from four yoga and four fitness classes participated in Study 1 (n = 191) and Study 2 (n = 143), respectively (in 2017 Fall).
Methods: Study 1 evaluated the immediate effect (a 60-minute practice) while Study 2 evaluated the durable effect (a 12-week intervention).
Results: Results showed that immediate stress reduction was more salient in the yoga group than that in the fitness group in Study 1. Yoga group had a greater increase in mindfulness, which predicted stress reduction. Similar observations were made in Study 2 showing the durable effect of yoga on stress reduction through mindfulness.
Conclusions: Yoga intervention is better than fitness exercises in helping undergraduates cultivate mindfulness and reduce stress. These findings may guide future interventions in stress management in college students.
Publication titleJournal of American College Health
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publication1319 Eighteenth St Nw, Washington, USA, Dc, 20036-1802
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