A major study published in the January 2012 issue of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise looked at the effects of exercise on depression and anxiety. This study found that moderate to vigorous physical activity may improve mood, lower blood pressure, and improve cardiovascular health. In addition, it revealed that people with higher levels of depression and anxiety had fewer problems sleeping, which might be related to increased physical activity. The researchers used accelerative devices to measure physical activity, while retrospective questionnaires assessed unconscious daily activities.
Cognitive after effects of exercise are important to assess the efficacy of psychological treatments. Studies have shown that exercise can help prevent the onset of depression and anxiety. In addition to the direct physical effects, these studies also provide useful insight into the effects of exercise on mood and mental state. Using the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale (BRPE-S), researchers can evaluate the after-effects of physical activity on mental health.
The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale measures perceived exertion during physical activity. This tool is particularly useful for the evaluation of mental health after physical activity. This questionnaire can accurately measure the perceived level of exertion associated with physical exercise. This scale is also useful for assessing the effects of aerobic exercise on muscle strength and stamina. It is helpful in determining how much exercise a person can tolerate without suffering serious injury.
Future research may help us understand the cognitive after effects of physical activity. Such studies may improve the theories behind these after-effects and enhance clinical practice. For example, a larger group of participants is likely to feel more fatigued and ill after vigorous exercise than after a shorter session of physical activity. A similar study of older adults has been done on children with autism. Eventually, these findings may be translated into better treatments for these disorders.
The Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale measures the amount of exertion a person feels during physical activity. The Borg Rating of Perceived Ease and Pain Scale measures the amount of physical exertion a person experiences after exercising. The scale measures the level of perceived exertion during an exercise session. In some cases, the scale is not a reliable indicator of the effects of exercising.