Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jennifer M. Apperson, Ph.D

Third Advisor

Timothy Landrum, Ph.D.


Many students in college have poor self-management skills and poor self-esteem. Physical exercise is associated with feelings of well-being. Twenty-five undergraduate college students participated in an experiment which measured self-esteem, self-motivation, and various physical abilities and heart rate. Stu- dents in the experimental group were asked to increase their aerobic exercise frequency by at least thirty minutes per week as well as to keep a log of their physical activities. No significant increases in self­ motivation nor self-perception in either the control or the experimental group were found. Some physical improvements were found, however, and most participants reported feeling better in general and expressed their desire to continue their programs. In conclusion, a more controlled design of experimentation that is longer in duration may reveal improvements in self- esteem and management skills. In addition, teachers in special education classrooms of elementary and secondary schools may also be able to use similar aerobic strategies to improve the self-esteem and self-management of their students.



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