Effects of a Mental Warmup on the Workout Readiness and Stress of College Student Exercisers
AbstractThe importance of warming up prior to sport competition has been highlighted in the scientific literature, with increasing attention paid to the benefits of mental warmups. The purpose of this research was to explore the possibility that a mental warmup may also benefit exercisers. Two studies were conducted in which the effects of a mental warmup on the psychological readiness and psychological stress of exercisers were examined. Study 1 used a pretest–posttest design and Study 2 used an experimental pretest–posttest design, comparing mental warmup participants to a control group. In both studies, exercisers were assessed before and after they completed a prerecorded mental warmup that consisted of goal setting, imagery, and arousal control. Overall, the results showed that completing a mental warmup increased exercisers’ readiness to exercise and to use mental skills to enhance workouts. The mental warmup also reduced stress. These findings suggest that mental warmup strategies that facilitate readiness for sport performance may have utility in exercise settings. Future research exploring the applicability of a mental warmup in diverse settings, as a stress reduction, and as a potential injury reduction intervention is warranted. View Full-Text
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Van Raalte, J.L.; Brewer, B.W.; Cornelius, A.E.; Keeler, M.; Gudjenov, C. Effects of a Mental Warmup on the Workout Readiness and Stress of College Student Exercisers. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4, 42.
Van Raalte JL, Brewer BW, Cornelius AE, Keeler M, Gudjenov C. Effects of a Mental Warmup on the Workout Readiness and Stress of College Student Exercisers. Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology. 2019; 4(3):42.Chicago/Turabian Style
Van Raalte, Judy L.; Brewer, Britton W.; Cornelius, Allen E.; Keeler, Mary; Gudjenov, Christyan. 2019. "Effects of a Mental Warmup on the Workout Readiness and Stress of College Student Exercisers." J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 4, no. 3: 42.