Month/Year of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Jessica Baldwin


To maintain physical health, the American College of Sports Medicine (2022) recommends general exercise guidelines for healthy adults. A lack of adherence to these recommendations may be attributable in part to feeling states and enjoyment while exercising. The study utilized surveys to evaluate feeling states and enjoyment of various exercise activities to determine which type of group exercise most successfully induces changes in feeling states and if a positive correlation exists between feeling state changes and enjoyment. Students enrolled in the Fitness for Living course at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) were surveyed before and after eleven distinct 50-minute bouts of exercise using the Exercise-Induced Feeling Inventory and the Single-Item Measure of Enjoyment During Exercise scale. Through statistical analysis of the survey responses, it was determined that activities such as cardiorespiratory kickboxing and step aerobics are most successful in inducing feeling state changes. Following analysis of the collected data, it was determined that no correlation existed between feeling state changes and enjoyment following exercise. The lack of correlation between feeling state changes and enjoyment suggested that an individual does not have to experience both increased feeling states and enjoyment to adhere to an exercise program.