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Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students

Praveena H R, Shashikala K T.

Abstract
Background: Both physical fitness and mental fitness are essential to achieve success, especially in medical college students, where the academic pressure is high. Studies have shown that exercise helps to reduce mental stress as well as to maintain the fitness.

Aims and Objectives: The present study was aimed to compare the level of physical fitness and level of mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students.

Materials and Methods: A study was done on 60 medical students of age group of 18–20 years with 30 in the exercise group and 30 in the non-exercise group. Modified Harvard step test was used to assess physical fitness index and perceived stress scale questionnaire to assess mental stress. Descriptive analysis and independent t-test were used for statistical analysis.

Results: The study demonstrated higher physical fitness (P < 0.01) and lower mental stress levels (P < 0.01) in the exercising group when compared to the non-exercising group.

Conclusion: There was better physical fitness and lower mental stress levels among the exercising group when compared with the non-exercising group.

Key words: Physical Fitness Index; Mental Stress; Modified Harvard Step Test; Perceived Stress Scale; Exercising Individuals


 
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R PH, T SK. Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021


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R PH, T SK. Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



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R PH, T SK. Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, [cited May 04, 2022]; Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



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R, P. H. & T, . S. K. (2022) Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



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R, Praveena H, and Shashikala K T. 2022. Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



Chicago Style

R, Praveena H, and Shashikala K T. "Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

R, Praveena H, and Shashikala K T. "Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. Web. 04 May 2022 doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

R, P. H. & T, . S. K. (2022) Comparison of physical fitness and mental stress in exercising and non-exercising medical students. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Online First: 29 Dec, 2021. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.11418202122122021