Exercise programs as determinants of well-being : a holistic view

  • Murray May

Student thesis: Master's Thesis

Abstract

This field study is about well-being. It examines the proposition that exercise is a pathway to well-being. Participants in two "keep fit" groups at the Australian National University Sports Union and members of Lifestyle health and fitness club in Woden,Canberra,A.C.T. provided the population for the study. A critical review of the literature on well-being suggests that a number of differing perspectives exist and that these should be clarified before commencing such a study. The existence of multidimensional indices of well-being points to the use of a holistic model of well-being but did not provide an existing methodology. Therefore an experimental method was attempted using established and open-ended questionnaires. In addition,a short participant observation study of exercise programming in the A.N.U. groups was carried out. Implications for future studies of well-being are drawn,particularly suggesting that existing tools designed for special unidimensional examinations are inherently unsuitable. The development of new research tools to evaluate the different dimensions of well-being which together form the whole are foreshadowed.
Date of Award1 Jan 1982
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Canberra

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Exercise programs as determinants of well-being : a holistic view
May, M. (Author). 1 Jan 1982

Student thesis: Master's Thesis