Title

Behavioral Control of Exercise in Sedentary Adults: Studies 1 Through 6

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1984

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006X.52.5.795

Abstract

Conducted 6 experiments with 143 healthy sedentary adults who had been unsuccessful in starting or maintaining an exercise regimen to identify behavioral and cognitive procedures that would enhance Ss' adherence to a 3 day/wk exercise (walking/jogging) program. Procedures evaluated included feedback and praise during exercise, various goal-setting strategies, lottery reinforcement, cognitive strategies during the exercise, and relapse-prevention training. Class attendance, exercise program adherence, and fitness data were collected, and self-reported 3-mo follow-up data were also obtained. Results suggest the importance of social support, feedback, and praise during exercise; flexibility in exercise-goal setting; and distraction-based cognitive strategies. Findings are integrated and discussed in terms of the importance and difficulties of shaping and maintaining exercise behaviors.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v. 52, issue 5, 795-811.

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