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Who Runs? Psychological Aspects of Recreational Endurance Athletes

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Exercise, especially aerobic, has proven benefits for health. Thus, it is not surprising that the number of those who train aerobically routinely is continually increasing as it has been shown by the participation trends in endurance running events such as 10ks, half-marathons, and marathons. Now, we have adequate knowledge about the physiological correlates of aerobic exercise, and about the role of sex and age on participation and performance in running events. On the other hand, little information exists with regards to psychological aspects of recreational endurance runners.

A main question with regards to the increasing participation in aerobic exercise and running events is the motivation of participants. There are a few studies that have shown different motives for marathon running depending on sex and performance level; however, due to their small numbers, their findings should be regarded with caution and should be re-examined in further research. Moreover, to better understand the participation in endurance exercise and running events, it is essential to further investigate the personality traits of the participants and how they vary by sex, age, performance level, and race distance. Another important question is the beneficial role of aerobic exercise for runners. It is well-known how long-term aerobic exercise improves health (e.g., by reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease), however, less information is available about the effect of aerobic exercise on psychological aspects, such as stress and depression.

In this context, we call for studies, either original studies or reviews, addressing the abovementioned topics. Submissions examining the relationship between aerobic exercise and psychological aspects and how this relationship varies by runners’ sex, age, performance level, and race distance are more than welcome.

Image credit: Dr. Celine Dewas


Keywords: aerobic capacity, exercise, sex, age, health


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Exercise, especially aerobic, has proven benefits for health. Thus, it is not surprising that the number of those who train aerobically routinely is continually increasing as it has been shown by the participation trends in endurance running events such as 10ks, half-marathons, and marathons. Now, we have adequate knowledge about the physiological correlates of aerobic exercise, and about the role of sex and age on participation and performance in running events. On the other hand, little information exists with regards to psychological aspects of recreational endurance runners.

A main question with regards to the increasing participation in aerobic exercise and running events is the motivation of participants. There are a few studies that have shown different motives for marathon running depending on sex and performance level; however, due to their small numbers, their findings should be regarded with caution and should be re-examined in further research. Moreover, to better understand the participation in endurance exercise and running events, it is essential to further investigate the personality traits of the participants and how they vary by sex, age, performance level, and race distance. Another important question is the beneficial role of aerobic exercise for runners. It is well-known how long-term aerobic exercise improves health (e.g., by reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease), however, less information is available about the effect of aerobic exercise on psychological aspects, such as stress and depression.

In this context, we call for studies, either original studies or reviews, addressing the abovementioned topics. Submissions examining the relationship between aerobic exercise and psychological aspects and how this relationship varies by runners’ sex, age, performance level, and race distance are more than welcome.

Image credit: Dr. Celine Dewas


Keywords: aerobic capacity, exercise, sex, age, health


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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31 December 2017 Abstract
22 February 2018 Manuscript

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22 February 2018 Manuscript

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