1. To gain a better understanding of the relationship between exercise and affect, conduct a self-experiment. Over the course of two weeks, do a simple rating of energy and tension before and after a scheduled exercise session. Use a rating from 1 to 7 for each, with 1 being none or very little and 7 being a great deal or very much. On nonexercise days, rate yourself with the same scale at approximately the same times of the day that you would exercise. After the two-week period, compare the ratings from before and after the exercise sessions. What differences are apparent? What do you see when you compare the affect on exercise days with the affect experienced on nonexercise days?
2. Use the circumplex approach to examining affective responses. Using the circumplex diagram below, in which the dimensions of activation and valence are represented, complete the following tasks. Incorporate the following time points as appropriate:
|Moderate Exercise||Intense Exercise|
|5 minutes||5 minutes|
|15 minutes||15 minutes|
|Immediately post-exercise||Immediately post-exercise|
|20 minutes post-exercise||20 minutes post-exercise|