Body Weight and Perceived Social Pressure to Exercise at a Health Club
Methods : A 12-item survey, based on the theory of reasoned action and theory of planned behavior, measured subjective norm toward exercising at a health club 30 min, twice a week, for the next month.
Results : OW feel more social pressure to exercise at a club than do NW, but motivation to comply is the same between groups.
Conclusions : Exercise interventions for OW should capitalize on individual perceived social pressures to exercise by designing strategies to increase motivation to comply with these pressures.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Professor and Chair, Department of Exercise Science, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Publication date: 2009-09-01
The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.
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