Helping Your Clients and Patients Take Ownership Over Their Exercise: Fostering Exercise Adoption, Adherence, and Associated Well-Being

J Edmunds, Nikolaos Ntoumanis, Joan Duda

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalACSM's Health & Fitness Journal
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009

Keywords

  • Psychological Need Satisfaction
  • Exercise Motivation
  • Autonomy Support
  • Structure
  • Well-being
  • Interpersonal Involvement

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