Self-efficacy and the maintenance of exercise participation in older adults

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Abstract

The role played by exercise self-efficacy in the maintenance of exercise participation of previously sedentary middle-aged adults 4 months after the termination of a formal exercise program is reported. Correlational and multiple regression analyses examined the influence of self-efficacy, physiological (aerobic capacity, sex, body composition), and behavioral (past exercise frequency and intensity) parameters in the maintenance of exercise participation. Self-efficacy significantly predicted exercise behavior at follow-up when controlling for biological and behavioral influences. Aerobic capacity, exercise efficacy, and exercise behavior in combination were significantly related to current energy expenditure in aerobic physical activity. The discussion focuses on the need to examine the impact of different correlates of exercise behavior at different stages of the exercise process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1993

Keywords

  • aging
  • exercise adherence
  • self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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