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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Effects of Watching Television While Exercising

Lack of physical activity is associated with multiple health risks including obesity, heart disease, and premature death. Encouraging people to increase exercise has been difficult due to multiple barriers such as lack of energy, time, and competition with sedentary behaviors. Many researchers have tried to manipulate distraction from pain and internal cues while exercising as a way to increase the amount a person exercises. Music has been found to be an effective distractor for decreasing perceived level of exertion and increasing the amount exercised in runners (Brownley et al., 1995; Bourdeaudhuij et al., 2002). The purpose of the current experiment is to examine the effects of television on increasing exercise by distracting participants whom are running on a treadmill. Adults from a small fitness center participated in a between-subjects design in which half viewed a television while exercising while the other half did not view a television while exercising. Distance walked/ran and focus of attention were compared to determine if watching a television while exercising distracted attention and increased distance walked/ran. Preliminary results will be discussed.

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Presenter: Karen Casilio (Graduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 9:40 am Session I