Exercise imagery and its correlates in older adults

Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani, Jennifer Cumming, Nikolaos Ntoumanis, N Nikitaras

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Objectives The purpose of the present study was to test a structural model examining the interrelationships between exercise imagery, self-reported exercise behaviour and well-being in older adults. Design Cross-sectional survey. Method Participants were 499 older Greek adults (50.10% males) aged between 51 and 84 years (M age = 57.31; SD = 5.52) who completed questionnaires measuring exercise imagery use, exercise behaviour, subjective vitality, and physical self-worth. The relationship between these variables was tested with a structural model based on the applied model of imagery use for exercise (Munroe-Chandler & Gammage, 2005). Results Energy imagery positively predicted exercise behaviour and subjective vitality, and appearance and technique imagery positively predicted physical self-worth. Conclusions These results indicate older adults engage in different types of imagery to motivate themselves to exercise and improve their well-being, thus implying that the content of imagery interventions should be specifically tailored to the outcomes older adults wish to realise for interventions to be effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalPsychology of Sport and Exercise
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Ageing
  • Physical self-worth
  • Subjective vitality
  • Self-regulation


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