The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life

Wicker P, Coates D, Breuer C (2015)
International Journal of Public Health 60(1): 41-47.

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Wicker, PamelaUniBi; Coates, Dennis; Breuer, Christoph
Abstract / Bemerkung
Objectives To examine the effect of a 4-week fitness program on the participants’ satisfaction with life and health. Methods The threefold study design comprised a physical entry test accompanied by a pre-survey, a fitness program (six strength exercises; two times 30 min per week over a 4-week period), and an exit test accompanied by a post-survey. Participants (69.9 % female; mean age = 46.4; mean BMI = 25.9; N = 10,386) self-selected in the program in 316 fitness clubs across Germany. Regression analysis was used to isolate the effect of the fitness program while controlling for gender, age, age squared, education, income, motivation, physical performance, month, and state. Results Physical performance improved significantly (p < 0.001). The reported level of satisfaction with life and health was significantly higher after participation in the 4-week fitness program. Conclusions Significant positive effects on subjective well-being can already be observed after a period as short as 4 weeks. Policy makers should support the provision of such time-efficient programs which are appealing to overweight population groups.
Stichworte
Sport activity; Fitness; Health; Satisfaction; Well-being
Erscheinungsjahr
2015
Zeitschriftentitel
International Journal of Public Health
Band
60
Ausgabe
1
Seite(n)
41-47
ISSN
1661-8556
eISSN
1661-8564
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2942586

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Wicker P, Coates D, Breuer C. The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life. International Journal of Public Health. 2015;60(1):41-47.
Wicker, P., Coates, D., & Breuer, C. (2015). The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life. International Journal of Public Health, 60(1), 41-47. doi:10.1007/s00038-014-0601-7
Wicker, P., Coates, D., and Breuer, C. (2015). The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life. International Journal of Public Health 60, 41-47.
Wicker, P., Coates, D., & Breuer, C., 2015. The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life. International Journal of Public Health, 60(1), p 41-47.
P. Wicker, D. Coates, and C. Breuer, “The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life”, International Journal of Public Health, vol. 60, 2015, pp. 41-47.
Wicker, P., Coates, D., Breuer, C.: The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life. International Journal of Public Health. 60, 41-47 (2015).
Wicker, Pamela, Coates, Dennis, and Breuer, Christoph. “The effect of a four-week fitness program on satisfaction with health and life”. International Journal of Public Health 60.1 (2015): 41-47.

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