a theory to explain the positive impact of exercise as a stress-control method. It postulates that whenever exercising, the person is taking a time-out from the real world and its stress elicitors, thereby permitting the body to shut down the physical and cognitive manifestations of distress.

TIME-OUT THEORY: "The time-out theory is widely believed by many exercise enthusiasts."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "TIME-OUT THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/time-out-theory/ (accessed May 12, 2021).