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ACSM'S Health & Fitness Journal:
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181a1c2c4
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HELPING YOUR CLIENTS AND PATIENTS TAKE OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR EXERCISE: Fostering Exercise Adoption, Adherence, and Associated Well-being

Edmunds, Jemma Ph.D.; Ntoumanis, Nikos Ph.D.; Duda, Joan L. Ph.D.

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Abstract

LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • This feature article emphasizes the need for physical activity and exercise interventions to be developed and delivered in accordance with psychological theory. Pulling from a contemporary theory of human motivation called Self-determination Theory, this article demonstrates how delivering an exercise message, consultation, or program in an autonomy-supportive, well-structured, and interpersonally involved way may benefit participants' attempts to become and stay more active. Practical strategies that may be used by a health and fitness professional to create an autonomy-supportive, well-structured, and interpersonally involved exercise environment also are presented.

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