- OXFORD LIBRARY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity
- Physical Activity Epidemiology
- The Ultimate Tranquilizer? Exercise and Its Influence on Anxiety
- Body Image and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Theoretical Bases, Mechanisms, and Moderators
- Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life
- Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention
- Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity
- Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise
- Cardiovascular Health Implications of Combined Mental and Physical Challenge
- Personality and Physical Activity
- Psychosocial Influence
- Theoretical Approaches to Exercise Promotion
- Theoretical Approaches to Physical Activity Intervention
- Social Cognitive Models
- Exercise Is a Many-Splendored Thing, but for Some It Does Not Feel So Splendid: Staging a Resurgence of Hedonistic Ideas in the Quest to Understand Exercise Behavior
- Exercise Psychology and Physical Disability
- Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults
- Children's Motivation for Involvement in Physical Activity
- Exercise Psychology and Children's Intelligence
- Cancer Patients
- Psychology of Resistance Exercise
- Tai Chi as an Alternative Mode of Exercise Activity for Older Adults
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the origins of the positive psychology movement; the main theoretical areas within positive psychology, such as positive emotions, resilience, and psychological well-being; and how physical activity provides a stellar medium for application of these concepts. Furthermore, the chapter discusses the links between the disciplines of positive psychology and physical activity in relation to interventions for well-being. The chapter concludes with a critical reflection and suggestions for future research.
Kate Hefferon, Department of Psychology, University of East London.
Nanette Mutrie, Department of Sport, Culture and the Arts, University of Strathclyde
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