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Potsdam, NY, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Clarkson University math student presented her research on how different types of exercise influence the mood of a group of college students during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

Nathalie Barrios ’22 worked with associate professor of physiotherapy Ali Boolani, who developed the idea during the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to feelings from his students.

Professor Boolani said he “really wanted to know what was going on with the students during the first summer of the pandemic”. Nathalie Barrios started collecting data for this study on June 1, 2020 and ended daily data collection on August 1, 2020. Boolani and the team wanted to know how Covid was impacting student behaviors and how they felt during this period. While most researchers are interested in understanding how exercise affects mood using traditional definitions of exercise (i.e. aerobic exercise, resistance training, yoga), the group Boolani decided to look at the exercise through a philosophical lens.

Using data from 64 college students who submitted at least 14 daily surveys, the team wanted to explore the impact of a person’s philosophical relationship to exercise on how they felt. According to their findings presented at the Greater New York American College of Sports Medicine (GNY ACSM) conference on April 9, 2022, women felt less depressed on days when they exercised with other people compared to days when they either exercised alone or did not exercise at all. Interestingly, the men did not experience the same antidepressant benefits as exercising with other people. Additionally, the researchers also report that exercise alone increases feelings of energy the most compared to other types of exercise, while any form of exercise was better than no exercise when it comes to energy. energy felt by the participants the rest of the day.

Notably, the research was conducted in the summer of 2020, when the Covid pandemic was looming. Studies conducted during the pandemic have shown that people generally have higher levels of depression due to lack of social interaction. Exercise has always been used as a way to combat feelings of depression, which is why these researchers chose to study it. Physical activity induces the release of endorphins in the human body, which promotes feelings of happiness and pleasure. Based on these findings, a combination of physical activity and the presence of friends and family when exercising helped the women feel significantly less depressed than when they exercised alone.

Barrios and Boolani worked on this study for nearly two years with mathematics department students Sucharita Dodamgodage, Olaoluwa Ogunleye, Madushi Wickramasinghe, and associate professor of mathematics at Clarkson Sumona Mondal, and associate professor of exercise and nutrition at the ‘State University of New York. in Plattsburgh Andreas Stamatis. The work presented was “just the beginning of our understanding of how individuals have been affected by the pandemic,” according to Boolani.

More than 140 students started the study and 64 students completed 14 days or more, while 40 people completed the 60 days of the study. Barrios and his team have been working diligently on the data over the past 2 years to better understand how the philosophical approach to exercise has impacted feelings of energy and depression.

Barrios is a psychology and math double major in the class of 2022. She worked nonstop for 60 days in the summer of 202 collecting data, according to Boolani. She is currently writing code for machine learning models to predict how people are feeling based on their behavior throughout the day.

Melissa Lindell Clarkson University 315-268-6716 mlindell@clarkson.edu

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