The integration of studio cycling into a worksite stress management programme

Matthew M. Clark, Jason E. Soyring, Sarah M. Jenkins, Denise C. Daniels, Bridget E. Berkland, Brooke L. Werneburg, Philip T. Hagen, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Beth A. Warren, Kerry D. Olsen

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Abstract

High stress is a prevalent problem in the worksite. To reduce stress, improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lower healthcare costs, many companies offer exercise classes or stress management programmes. Although physical activity is an important component of stress management, few worksites have integrated physical activity into their comprehensive stress reduction programmes. The purpose of this single-arm pilot project was to examine the potential effectiveness of an integrated exercise (studio cycling) and cognitive-behavioural stress management programme. Eighty-four adults, 75% female, mostly aged 40+years, participated in an integrated 12-week cycling studio and cognitive-behavioural stress management programme. Participants experienced a significant and clinically meaningful reduction on the Perceived Stress Scale (p<0.01), rating of current stress level and confidence to manage stress at the programme's end and at a 1-month follow-up. Participants also reported having significantly improved overall health, improved nutritional habits, higher physical activity level, greater confidence in their ability to follow a healthy diet, higher spiritual well-being, improved sleep, receiving more support for maintaining healthy living and improved quality of life at the completion of the 12-week programme and 1-month follow-up. These findings provide further support for an integrated exercise and stress management programme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-176
Number of pages11
JournalStress and Health
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

Keywords

  • cycling
  • quality of life
  • stress
  • worksite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Clark, M. M., Soyring, J. E., Jenkins, S. M., Daniels, D. C., Berkland, B. E., Werneburg, B. L., Hagen, P. T., Lopez-Jimenez, F., Warren, B. A., & Olsen, K. D. (2014). The integration of studio cycling into a worksite stress management programme. Stress and Health, 30(2), 166-176. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2514