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Interamerican Journal of Psychology

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REMOR, Eduardo  and  PEREZ-LLANTADA RUEDA, Mª Carmen. The relationship between levels of physical activity and the experience of stress and physical distress symptoms. Interam. j. psychol. [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.3, pp. 313-322. ISSN 0034-9690.

The aim of the present study was to identify the effects of general physical activity on the experience of stress and symptoms of physical distress. The study included the assessment and follow up of 124 individuals by self-report questionnaires relative to the frequency of the physical activity, health lifestyles, stress and experience of symptoms of physical distress. The results indicated that the physically active individuals presented less stress levels, less frequency and intensity of symptoms of physical distress. The differences found were not related to differences in the sociodemographical characteristics of the participants. In addition, a doses-response effect in relation to the physical activity and the dependent variables was identified, in other words, a greater frequency of physical activity was related to greater benefit in the self-report measures. These results support the idea that the physical activity can have a buffering effect on the experience of stress and the health distress.

Keywords : Physical activity; Stress; Well-being; Health.

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