There has been much research that has examined the association between exercise and self-esteem. Specifically, research suggests that there is a positive association of high intensity exercise, including running, weight lifting, and interval training, with self-esteem in both children and adults. However, much of this past research involved experiments where an exercise regimen was introduced to test cause and effect of exercise and self-esteem. Further, much of the past research focused on adults outside of the United States (Hasanpour, Yìğiter, Yook). I aim to test whether there are associations of preferences for and attitudes towards high intensity exercise with self-esteem among adults based on their own self-reported attitudes and preferences. In this non-experimental study, I recruited participants through social media and via emails to participate in answering a survey that included measures of self-esteem and attitudes towards exercise. Based on past research, I hypothesized that there would be positive associations of participants’ preferences for and attitudes towards high intensity exercise with self-esteem. I conducted correlational and regression analyses with survey responses from adults. I did not find a correlation between the preference for and tolderance of high-intensity exercise and self-esteem but I believe that this is because there is a difference between atittude towards exercise and the actual physical activity of exercise.
Fullhardt, Emily, "The Association Between Attitudes Towards High Intensity Exercise and Self-Esteem" (2018). Honors College Theses. 168.