Health Psychological Case Study of High Intensity, Low Impact, Physical Training Program

  •  Stephen D. Edwards    


This case study reports on the health psychological evaluation of an integrated, high intensity, lo impact, physical training program for a 31 year old, male accountancy teacher. High intensity components consisted of running, cycling and the Canadian Airforce 5BX program. Low impact components comprised walking and Chi-gung inspired Pilates. Squash and swimming were also occasional activities. The pre-test and post-test, process and outcome evaluative, research design included qualitative and quantitative components in the form of psychometric testing, diarizing of physical activity, experiential descriptions of the various components and program outcome evaluation. Quantitative findings indicated significant improvements in psychophysiological coherence, mood, resilience and general health. Qualitative experiential descriptions provided further evidence of health psychological growth.  Integrative findings emphasize the importance of physical training programs based on client individual preferences.  The client reported that he found the program to be enjoyable, flexible, invigorating and readily adaptable to suit the needs of various individuals who face time and space constraints in their daily lives.  With minimal innovation for greater complexity, control and/or challenges, such programs may readily yield enjoyable flow experiences.

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