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Objectively measured daily physical activity and postural changes as related to positive and negative affect using ambulatory monitoring assessments

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posted on 10.05.2017, 10:24 authored by Daniel Aggio, Karen Wallace, Nicola Boreham, Aparna Shankar, Andrew Steptoe, Mark Hamer
Objective: To determine whether objectively measured daily physical activity and posture of sitting, standing, and sit-to-stand transitions, are associated with daily assessments of affect Methods: Participants (n=51, 49% female) wore ActivPal accelerometers for 24 hours/day for seven consecutive days. Time spent sitting, standing and being physically active and sit-to-stand transitions were derived for each day. Participants also completed a mood inventory each evening. Multilevel models examined within- and between-person associations of daily physical activity with positive and negative affect, adjusting for age, sex, BMI, education and sleep duration. Results: Within-person associations showed that a one hour increase in daily physical activity was associated with a decrease in negative affect over the same day (B = -0.11 95% Confidence Interval [CI], -0.21 to -0.01). Between-person associations indicated a borderline significant association between higher average daily physical activity levels and higher positive affect (B = 1.85 95% CI, -0.25 to 3.94). There were no between or within person associations between sitting, standing and sit-to-stand transitions with affect. Conclusion: Promoting physical activity may be a potential intervention strategy to acutely supress negative affective states.


Daniel Aggio, Karen Wallace, Prof. Andrew Steptoe and Prof. Mark Hamer are funded by the British Heart Foundation. This study was also supported by Unilever Research and Development, UK.



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Psychosomatic Medicine


AGGIO, D. ... et al., 2017. Objectively measured daily physical activity and postural changes as related to positive and negative affect using ambulatory monitoring assessments. Psychosomatic Medicine, 79(7), pp.792–797.


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This paper was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000485.