enjoyment rating

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A scale in arbitrary units that reflects the enjoyment of an exercise or training session. On the scale, a score of 1 indicates a very unpleasant session; a score of 3, a neutral session; and a score of 5, a very enjoyable session. Consistent low scores demand urgent action and the exerciser should analyse the cause. For example, the sessions may be too exhausting, increasing the risk of overtraining. Unpleasant sessions are the main reason for people dropping out of an exercise programme. Enjoyment ratings have been used by health experts as a behavioural management strategy for improving health and fitness. They recommend that an exerciser's motivation can be improved by recording the rating in a daily training logbook.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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