Psychology and Exercise

Attila Szabo, Mark D. Griffiths, Zsolt Demetrovics

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10 Citations (Scopus)


This chapter summarizes key psychological concepts and approaches involved in exercising. The acute and long-term effects of exercising are introduced, along with different models that explain why people engage in exercising, and what kind of psychological benefits could be reached by physical activity. This is then followed by a summary of the current knowledge on the harmful side of excessive exercising (i.e., exercise addiction). This addiction is considered as a behavioral addiction characterized by symptoms similar to those of other addictive disorders: salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, personal conflict, and relapse. Assessment of exercise addiction, findings of epidemiological studies, and issues of etiology are also reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance
Subtitle of host publicationMuscle Building, Endurance, and Strength
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123964540
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013


  • Acute and chronic effects
  • Epidemiology
  • Etiology
  • Exercise addiction
  • Exercising
  • Motivational background

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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    Szabo, A., Griffiths, M. D., & Demetrovics, Z. (2013). Psychology and Exercise. In Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength (pp. 65-73). Elsevier Inc..