Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life

Brian C. Focht

in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394313
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life

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Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is a multidimensional subcomponent of quality of life involving subjective appraisal of various dimensions of one's life that can be affected by health or health-related interventions. There is a growing consensus that HRQL is an integral indicant of treatment efficacy across a wide variety of therapeutic interventions. Consistent with this position, interest in delineating the effects of exercise on HRQL has increased considerably in the past 20 years. Results from studies in the physical activity, psychology, medical, and behavioral medicine literatures demonstrate that exercise results in meaningful improvements in an array of HRQL outcomes. The primary objectives of the present chapter are to summarize the empirical evidence addressing the effects of exercise on HRQL, address issues in the conceptualization and measurement of HRQL outcomes, and underscore persisting research considerations that will aid in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the exercise–HRQL relationship.

Keywords: exercise; physical activity; quality of life; subjective well-being; life satisfaction; behavioral medicine; intervention; psychological well-being

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Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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