• This feature article describes the application of some commonly applied behavior change strategies and theories. Social cognitive theory, theory of planned behavior, and self-management theory constructs are defined and linked to useful and effective behavior change strategies. Numerous recommendations for practitioners to effectively incorporate these strategies as they work with clients at various stages of physical activity program adoption are included.
This article identifies common behavior change strategies and provides suggestions for incorporating these strategies into a physical activity program.
Siobhan M. White, B.S., is a doctoral student studying exercise psychology at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include the psychosocial outcomes and determinants of physical activity across the life span, with a special interest in cancer.
Emily L. Mailey, M.S., is a doctoral student studying exercise psychology at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include promoting physical activity engagement across the life span and exploring the relationship between physical activity and quality of life.
Edward McAuley, Ph.D., is a professor of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on physical activity and well-being across the life span and the relationships among physical activity, social cognitive factors, function, disability, and quality of life.