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dc.contributor.advisorThorsteinsen, Kjærsti
dc.contributor.authorKarlsen, Karoline
dc.description.abstractExperiencing flow in physical activity is associated with intrinsic motivation and has proven to be a highly rewarding state of mind (Csikszentmihalyi, 2008). Facilitating flow experiences among regular exercisers can be beneficial in terms of promoting long-term physical activity engagement. In a longitudinal study we explored possible factors predicting flow experiences in exercisers by measuring dispositional flow in physical activity and flow state during running sessions. Additionally, we included a small mindfulness intervention to explore the relevance of mindfulness in flow experiences. We recruited a sample of 103 participants, inviting them to a running study where they were asked to conduct a running session once a week for a period of six weeks and reporting in a short questionnaire after every running session. The activity reports measured perceived exertion, flow, and contextual variables. The sample were randomly assigned into two groups, one intervention group (n = 51) and one control group (n = 52). The intervention group were given instructions to practice a short mindfulness-based exercise (i.e., breathing exercise) prior to every running session. In addition to the activity reports, participants were asked to answer a longer questionnaire as pre- and post-measures assessing flow dispositions, activity level, general tendencies to mindfulness, general health, life satisfaction, personal growth, and demographic variables. Our results indicated that regular exercisers certainly experience flow during strenuous exercise if the overall experience of the physical activity episode is positively evaluated.en_US
dc.publisherUiT Norges arktiske universiteten_US
dc.publisherUiT The Arctic University of Norwayen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2021 The Author(s)
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)en_US
dc.subjectphysical activityen_US
dc.subjectVDP::Social science: 200::Social science in sports: 330::Physical education and sport psychology: 333en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Samfunnsvitenskap: 200::Samfunnsvitenskapelige idrettsfag: 330::Idrettspedagogikk og -psykologi: 333en_US
dc.titleFlow in Physical Activity and Exercise: Exploring the Relevance of Mindfulness and Exertionen_US
dc.typeMaster thesisen_US

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