THE EFFECTS OF ACUTE PHYSICAL EXERCISE ON MOOD IN SCHIZOPHRENIA
Saito, M., Muroi, M. and Okabe, Y., Nihon University, Japan
The effects of acute physical exercise for schizophrenic patients' moods were examined. Eleven schizophrenic patients and 10 normal subjects (control group) were asked to judge their moods on shortened version of activation-deactivation adjective checklist (SADACL; Itagaki, et. al., 1994) before and after one-hour physical exercises. They also rated their perceived exertion (RPE) for the exercises. Results showed that the acute physical exercise changed their moods better way in both groups. There were no significant differences between schizophrenic patients and normal subjects in RPE. The acute physical exercise can improve schizophrenic patients' moods. Relationship between improvement of the moods and acute physical exercises for schizophrenic patients was discussed.