Exercise Dependence by John H. Kerr

By John H. Kerr

Workout dependence or dependancy has been defined as a 'positive addiction', however it may have hyperlinks with destructive dysfunctional and over the top behaviours, together with consuming issues. medical and game psychologists now recognize the situation and file that it may be present in leisure exercisers and aggressive athletes. this can be the 1st textual content to supply a finished advisor to workout dependence. The textual content comprises case stories and reports learn into workout dependence in either 'exercise' and 'sports' contexts. The authors research the within the widest experience, exploring forms of workout dependence, threat components linked to the situation, the stories and motivational features of victims, hyperlinks with consuming problems, and a few techniques to counselling. this article is going to be of vital curiosity to psychologists operating in activity, future health and scientific perform, in addition to to athletes and activities coaches, relatively these interested by patience activities linked to greater incidences of workout dependence.

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In examining exercise, or any of the other addictions, reversal theory adds an extra layer of understanding to how individuals optimize hedonic tone by providing a structured framework and a rational mechanism for explaining the changes in motivation involved. Brown (1993, 1997) especially emphasized the role of hedonic management in addictive behaviour. The following chapter examines the available research evidence on the beneficial psychological effects of exercise. If Brown (1993, 1997) is correct, the results should indicate that arousal modulation, mood enhancement and emotional change are possible outcomes of taking part in exercise.

G. Biddle and Mutrie, 2001; Kerr, 1997) have called the feel good factor associated with exercise. g. Biddle and Mutrie, 2001; Ekkekakis and Pettruzello, 1999; Thayer, 1989, 1996) as well as specific findings from reversal theory-based exercise research.

2 A summary of the first seven ‘propositions’ or stages of Brown’s (1997) Hedonic Management Model of Addiction The person then becomes increasingly dependent on that activity for his or her everyday management of hedonic tone, thus also changing his or her preference for other accessible activities. In either case, the activity becomes a powerful and effective means of manipulating hedonic tone with the aim of sustaining long periods of euphoria or providing relief from dysphoria. A foundation for understanding 23 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44 45111 According to Brown (1997), choosing a particular addictive activity or substance depends on at least four factors.

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