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Trait self-control, exercise and exercise ambition : Evidence from a healthy, adult population

Gerdtham, Ulf-G. LU ; Wengström, Erik LU and Wickström Östervall, Linnea LU (2019) In Psychology, Health & Medicine
Abstract

This study explores if self-control predicts exercise ambition and actual exercise, and if exercise ambition predicts actual exercise. Members and guests at a not-for-profit sports club were invited to participate. 264 individuals completed a self-reported (Self-Control Scale) measure of self-control, and responded to questions about actual exercise as well as exercise ambition prior to their workout. Main Outcome Measures are exercise ambition, actual exercise, and the difference between them. We find that trait self-control predicts both actual exercise and exercise ambition. Exercise ambition also predicts actual exercise. The results suggest a path from self-control, via exercise ambition, to actual exercise. Individuals with... (More)

This study explores if self-control predicts exercise ambition and actual exercise, and if exercise ambition predicts actual exercise. Members and guests at a not-for-profit sports club were invited to participate. 264 individuals completed a self-reported (Self-Control Scale) measure of self-control, and responded to questions about actual exercise as well as exercise ambition prior to their workout. Main Outcome Measures are exercise ambition, actual exercise, and the difference between them. We find that trait self-control predicts both actual exercise and exercise ambition. Exercise ambition also predicts actual exercise. The results suggest a path from self-control, via exercise ambition, to actual exercise. Individuals with relatively low self-control might benefit from some aid in setting goals for their workouts and committing to exercise.

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exercise, exercise ambition, exercise behaviour, physical activity, self-control
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Psychology, Health & Medicine
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Taylor & Francis
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1354-8506
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10.1080/13548506.2019.1653475
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  author       = {Gerdtham, Ulf-G. and Wengström, Erik and Wickström Östervall, Linnea},
  issn         = {1354-8506},
  keyword      = {exercise,exercise ambition,exercise behaviour,physical activity,self-control},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Psychology, Health & Medicine},
  title        = {Trait self-control, exercise and exercise ambition : Evidence from a healthy, adult population},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2019.1653475},
  year         = {2019},
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