MOTIVATION FOR EXERCISE: Applying Theory to Make a Difference in Adoption and Adherence

Mears, Jennifer M.A.; Kilpatrick, Marcus Ph.D.

ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal:
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000298460.30006.00
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Abstract

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To learn how self-determination theory and motivational interviewing can be useful tools for health fitness professionals aiming to facilitate adoption and adherence to physical activity.

In Brief

Self-Determination Theory and Motivational Interviewing provide an approach to motivation that has the opportunity to make a significant difference in physical activity adoption and adherence. Find out how these can become useful tools to facilitate adoption and adherence to physical activity in your clients.

Author Information

Jennifer Mears, M.A., is a recent graduate of the Exercise Science master's program at the University of South Florida in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science. Her undergraduate degree is in wellness leadership. Her research interests are in exercise psychology and motivation. She is a group exercise leader for local corporate wellness facilities and is ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor® certified.

Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Exercise Science at the University of South Florida in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science. His degrees are in nutrition, kinesiology, and health education. His research interests center on the study of motivation for exercise, perceived exertion, and mood. He is ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor® and ACSM Exercise Specialist® certified.

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