Acute effects of exercise on mood and HRV

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© 2017, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid y CV Ciencias del Deporte. All rights reserved. The aim of this study was to analyze the acute effects of exercise on mood and on heart rate variability (HRV), in active and sedentary people. This involved 30 undergraduates classified into Active and Non active participants. In a single session participants performed a submaximal exercise test (UKK), answered the Profile of Mood States (POMS) and performed before and after the exercise a test of HRV at rest. The participants improved their mood state, by increasing Vigor and Fatigue factors and decreased Tension and Depression after the exercise test. Moreover, Active participants presented a significant higher decrease in Depression after exercise than Non active. HRV analysis also showed differences between Active and Non active participants in the frequency domain parameters LFnu2 and HFnu2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-100
JournalRevista Internacional de Medicina y Ciencias de la Actividad Fisica y del Deporte
Issue number65
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Heart rate variability
  • HRV
  • Mood
  • Physical exercise
  • Poms

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