Abstract and Keywords
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.
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