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Effects of Physical Activity on Psychological Well-being

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Psychological well-being is associated with lower risk of disease and mortality and can be improved by relatively inexpensive interventions. Factors known to influence mental and physical health include age, gender, chronic disease, amount and type of physical activity (PA), environmental factors, and adaptation to emotional and physical stressors.

The relationship between regular physical activity and health has been studied and well documented in the literature. However, the psychological benefits of regular physical activity and psychological predictors that may influence regular physical activity are less clear. Therefore, studies examining the relationship between physical activity and psychological health have received increasing focus in recent years.

In this Research Topic, we aim to address these issues by highlighting research related to the effects of physical activity and exercise interventions on general and mental health, and disease-related outcomes. In addition, we aim to explore the relationship between physical activity/functional skills and mortality, cognition, and disease burden.

The benefits that physical activity can provide to different populations (children, older people, people with chronic conditions, people with disabilities, etc.) will be explored in detail. This forms a multidisciplinary perspective covering the field of kinesiology, medicine, psychology, and physiotherapy.

A multidisciplinary approach to the relationship between different forms of physical activity (type, intensity, frequency, competitive/recreational sport) and psychological well-being aims to provide answers on how to maximize the potential positive effects of physical activity on the psychological functioning of people with different characteristics.

For this Research Topic, we welcome high-quality and multi-disciplinary research that examines the impact of PA on various outcomes (physical, social, and psychological), objective measures of PA, determinants of PA on health and well-being from early to late life. Researchers may focus on the general healthy population or on people with chronic diseases. We invite observational and experimental studies.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

• Effects of exercise interventions or PA participation on functional, cognitive, physical, and social well-being.
• The relationship between sleep quality and PA participation
• Barriers to PA participation
• Objective measurement methods for measuring PA
• PA in patients with chronic diseases
• The relationship between quality of life and PA

We welcome the following article types: Original Research, Systematic Review, Review, Mini Review, Clinical Trial, Case Report, Data Report, Brief Research Report, General Commentary, and Opinion, Study Protocol


Keywords: physical activity, exercise, monitoring, psychological well-being, physical well-being, chronic disease


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Psychological well-being is associated with lower risk of disease and mortality and can be improved by relatively inexpensive interventions. Factors known to influence mental and physical health include age, gender, chronic disease, amount and type of physical activity (PA), environmental factors, and adaptation to emotional and physical stressors.

The relationship between regular physical activity and health has been studied and well documented in the literature. However, the psychological benefits of regular physical activity and psychological predictors that may influence regular physical activity are less clear. Therefore, studies examining the relationship between physical activity and psychological health have received increasing focus in recent years.

In this Research Topic, we aim to address these issues by highlighting research related to the effects of physical activity and exercise interventions on general and mental health, and disease-related outcomes. In addition, we aim to explore the relationship between physical activity/functional skills and mortality, cognition, and disease burden.

The benefits that physical activity can provide to different populations (children, older people, people with chronic conditions, people with disabilities, etc.) will be explored in detail. This forms a multidisciplinary perspective covering the field of kinesiology, medicine, psychology, and physiotherapy.

A multidisciplinary approach to the relationship between different forms of physical activity (type, intensity, frequency, competitive/recreational sport) and psychological well-being aims to provide answers on how to maximize the potential positive effects of physical activity on the psychological functioning of people with different characteristics.

For this Research Topic, we welcome high-quality and multi-disciplinary research that examines the impact of PA on various outcomes (physical, social, and psychological), objective measures of PA, determinants of PA on health and well-being from early to late life. Researchers may focus on the general healthy population or on people with chronic diseases. We invite observational and experimental studies.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

• Effects of exercise interventions or PA participation on functional, cognitive, physical, and social well-being.
• The relationship between sleep quality and PA participation
• Barriers to PA participation
• Objective measurement methods for measuring PA
• PA in patients with chronic diseases
• The relationship between quality of life and PA

We welcome the following article types: Original Research, Systematic Review, Review, Mini Review, Clinical Trial, Case Report, Data Report, Brief Research Report, General Commentary, and Opinion, Study Protocol


Keywords: physical activity, exercise, monitoring, psychological well-being, physical well-being, chronic disease


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 November 2021 Manuscript

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