Problem: Aerobic exercise reduces stress; however, the differential effects of specific types of exercise are unclear. We compared the effects of two types of exercise (high-intensity interval training; HIIT and endurance training; ET) versus a control condition on mood and cognition following a stressor.
Methods: Participants were healthy undergraduates (aged 18-25). Physiological tests (e.g., heart rate; HR) were administered, followed by psychological tests (e.g., Profile of Moods States; POMS, and Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics; ANAM ). Participants completed a public-speaking/negative mood-induction task, and were then randomly assigned to complete one of three interventions. Physiological and psychological tests were then re-administered.
Expected Results: We predict the two forms of aerobic exercise will have independent effects on mood and cognition though data collection is still ongoing.
Conclusions: Our results will inform whether certain types of aerobic exercise differentially impact mood and cognition and may inform the development of exercise-based interventions for stress.