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K-State Today Student Edition

October 8, 2021

Participate in master's thesis exercise and stress study

Submitted by Raeann Bramwell

Do you want to find a way to reduce your stress levels through exercise? Then this study is for you. Raeann Bramwell is conducting the study for a master's thesis. 

In this study, "The Effects of Indoor vs. Outdoor Group Fitness classes on Psychological stress in College students," we are interested in how outdoor exercise reduces stress levels compared to the same class indoors. We are particularly interested in better understanding the benefits that outdoor group exercise can have on college student stress levels. This will help us gather information on how to develop stress-reducing exercise classes that can be performed outdoors.

The study consists of a four-week exercise program — either indoors or outdoors — offered for two sessions a week for an hour each. Surveys will be used to measure perceived stress, physical activity levels, social support, mood and rate of perceived exertion. 

The start date will be Oct. 18. Classes will be from 7-8 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Bramwell will randomly assign participants to attend the M/W classes or the T/Th classes. Therefore, you need to be available Monday-Thursday from 7-8 a.m. If only available for one group of classes, please send an email to raeannb@k-state.edu about this after finishing your survey.

Those who are interested in the study will complete a prescreening survey.

Note: You need to be over the age of 18 and a K-State student to participate.

The incentives for this study are free group exercise classes for four weeks — two classes per week — and two health assessments.

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Bramwell at raeannb@k-state.edu. The study has been reviewed by the university's institutional review board and received approval No. 10820.