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Descriptive Assessment of Exercise Program on Fitness and Correlates of Participation

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Objective: To assess health-related fitness, physical activity correlates, and completion of a half-marathon using a 3-day training program in a college community. Methods: 26 volunteers participated in a 20-week, half-marathon training program. Results: All participants completed the half-marathon. Positive changes in health-related fitness and psychological correlates associated with future exercise participation were observed. Conclusions: Incorporating strategies that address physical activity correlates and barriers may increase adherence to a program with a challenging goal such as training for a half-marathon. A low-frequency program was sufficient for increasing health-related fitness and psychological factors related to exercise participation of campus community.
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Keywords: ENDURANCE TRAINING; HALF-MARATHON TRAINING; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BARRIER; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DETERMINANTS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Berry College, Department of Kinesiology, Mount Berry, GA, USA. [email protected] 2: Delaware State University Department of Public & Allied Health Sciences, Dover, DE, USA 3: Visiting Professor, Berry College, Department of Psychology, Mount Berry, GA, USA 4: Berry College, Department of Kinesiology, Mount Berry, GA, USA

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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