The value of physical exercise has been appreciated for thousands of years, but can be a huge burden for many people and very vital to our health. To study the effects physical training has on the daily attitude that we have, a study was conducted by working out every morning for one whole week and recording my attitude on a scale from 1-5 (1 being negative and 5 being positive), at 6:00 PM. The week before the intervention phase, I recorded my attitude without working out for a week at 6:00 PM, which is called the baseline. The week after the intervention phase, I gathered yet another set of baseline data.
Results: My attitude without working out varied throughout the week which is typically how it goes when I do not engage in any type of exercise, but when the treatment began my attitude was very positive and consistent. Although I was sore many of the days, my mind was focused and positive. INTRODUCTION Exercising has been revolutionized throughout the years with new workout programs, gymnasiums, recreational facilities and has helped millions of people with their physical health. Not only is physical exercise valuable to the human body but it may be more valuable to the mind.
“…the practices of these exercises is looked upon as of the greatest importance in establishing a healthy body and mind, for statistics show that impairment of health is intimately connected with mental breakdown” (Roden 1911). Throughout the years physical training has been a top pick for New Year resolutions but in most cases it never really succeeds. Exercise should not be some kind of dreadful integrated source but one that is implanted in our social relations over our daily lives (Gulick 1910). Daily exercise is essential to everyday life, it will improve your chances of living longer, protect your heart from
any type of disease, relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve mood, and improve your sleeping (The President and Fellows). In today’s society we are bombarded with the way our outward appearance should look like and people our deceived into thinking that physical training is just for the body “…but the influence of the body upon the mind is of equal importance, though less frequently emphasized” (McBride 1915). Although people know the benefits and the value of physical exercise, about 30 percent of Americans report that they engage in physical activity during their free time.
While taking into consideration “the nature, amount, and method of physical exercise necessary to maintain health and secure longevity is, therefore, of vital importance” (Sargent 1897). It is quite evident that the importance of physical exercise is profitable and worthwhile but the lack of understanding the importance of physical training on the mental state is still apparent. In some schools, they have understood the importance of feeding the brain with intellectual knowledge but began staying away from physical training; “their classical ideas and formal methods made dead languages, mathematics, philosophy etc.
, the school diet of boys whose normal hunger was for action, and for learning by doing” (McBride 1915). The balance of physical and mental needs affects each other tremendously. It is amazing how much exercise is needed in order to maintain a positive attitude of the mind. METHODS The purpose of the study is to see if working out for a whole week effects the attitude that I have during the day. The gym that I will use is LA fitness and I will also run around my neighborhood for my cardio workout. My workout will be every morning ranging between 6 AM to 9 AM.
The week before and after the intervention phase, I will record my attitude without the treatment of physical training at 6 PM. It is hypothesized that my attitude will be increasingly more positive during the week I engage in working out, but that towards the end of the day I will feel physically tired but not negative. Every morning I will work out in the morning. Later in the day, at 6 PM, I will use a rating scale of 1-5 to measure my attitude throughout the day, 1 being very negative, and 5 being really positive. The week before and after, I will use the same scale to measure my attitude at the same time without working out.
At the end of the study I will compare the results. RESULTS After working out for a week I felt bigger but did not look like it. Nonetheless my attitude had changed tremendously because of the workout. The average attitude level for the first week was 3. 2, which is pretty average. The week during my workout the average attitude level was 4. 1 which is what I expected it to be. The last week was a 3. 7 average. I expected my results to turn out the way they did and I figured that there would be a slight drop the week after the workout.
DISCUSSION Through this experiment and my results, I learned that engaging in exercise does have an effect on your attitude. Having to wake up early in the morning was worth it because now I know that the exercise that I do is has positive results. My expectations were very accurate as to my results. I expected my positivity to increase during the week I worked out, which is exactly what happened. I also expected that during the week after the workout, I would have a slight decrease in my healthy outlook, which was correct.
The conversations that I had with my family were more positive than they usually are which happened during and after the workout week. Not surprisingly, my results were in line with many of my sources that said exercise enhances your mind and attitude. There may have been some limitations to my experiment with understanding if exercise really helps with my attitude. Considering that I am an active guy, who works out about twice a week, there may have not been much of an attitude change.
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