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The Role of Implementation Planning in Increasing Physical Activity Identification

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Objective: To shed light on the process of identification with physical activity.

Methods: The study involved a prospective design and a sample of 111 university students.

Results: Results revealed that (1) identifying with physical activity increased the likelihood that students formed implementation plans that, in turn, resulted in greater goal progress, and (2) planning for and progressing on a physical activity goal was associated to increased physical activity identification over time.

Conclusion: Implementation planning should be included in interventions aimed at promoting positive changes in physical activity identification and progress on physical activity goals.

Keywords: goal progress; implementation planning; physical activity; physical activity identification; reciprocal effects

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Doctoral Student, University of Ottawa, School of Psychology, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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  • 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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