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Stage of Motivational Readiness: Predictive Ability for Exercise Behavior

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Objective: To determine if stage of motivational readiness for exercise predicted adherence to a 9-month exercise intervention. Methods: Three hundred forty-two individuals were randomized into a diet and physical activity trial. The exercise goal was to complete or add at least 10 miles of weekly brisk walking or jogging. Adherence was determined from logs. Results: Sixty-four percent of men and 34% of women reported an increase of at least 10 miles per week. Adherence did not differ by baseline exercise motivational readiness stage. Conclusions: Future work should determine in what contexts stage-targeted interventions are most successful for adoption and maintenance of physical activity.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention, Palo Alto, CA. 3: Apple Computers, Inc, Mountain View, CA.

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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