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Master of Arts




Dr. Harry Prapavessis


A quasi-experimental pilot study determined whether restricting television-watching to treadmill walking below the ventilatory threshold improved affective valence, perceived activation, enjoyment, attentional focus, and intention to bundle television-watching with exercise. Eleven inactive, young adults (21.18 + 1.47 years) in post-secondary education performed two 40-minute exercise tests, wherein aforementioned outcomes were repeatedly assessed. Participants in the experimental group (n=4) watched the first episode of a television show between exercise tests and the second episode of the same television show during the second exercise test. Analyses revealed large, non-significant multivariate intervention effects on affect and attention outcomes, a large, significant univariate intervention effect on affective valence during cool-down [T(1,8)=8.838, p=0.021, ηp2=0.723], and medium-to-large, non-significant univariate intervention effects on other affect and attention outcomes. A large, significant intervention effect on intention to bundle [T(8)=-2.336, p=0.048, ηp2=0.406] was also found. Taken together, this temptation bundle enhanced individuals’ exercise experience and influenced their exercise plans.