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Habit in exercise behavior

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posted on 15.07.2020, 00:00 by Amanda Rebar, B Gardner, B Verplanken
This chapter presents the benefits of exercise benefits. Stronger exercise habit is beneficial because it should increase the likelihood of frequent exercise, as is supported by the commonly observed association between self‐reported habit and exercise frequency. Having strongly formed exercise habits makes it less likely that people will seek out or be tempted by opposing unhealthy alternative behavioral options. The formation of exercise habits also has the benefit that it is less cognitively demanding than non‐habitual exercise. The chapter explores how exercise habits are formed. Helping people to form exercise habits requires encouraging people to exercise regularly and in the same contexts, so that habit associations develop. Factors can impact habit formation in several ways: by increasing or maintaining the motivation to become physically active, by aiding the translation of motivation into repeated action, or by strengthening the reinforcing value of each repetition on the formation of cue‐behavior associations.

History

Editor

Tenenbaum G; Eklund RC

Parent Title

Handbook of sport psychology

Volume

II

Start Page

986

End Page

998

Number of Pages

13

ISBN-10

1119568072

ISBN-13

9781119568070

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Place of Publication

Hoboken, NJ

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Bath, UK; King’s College London;

Era Eligible

Yes

Edition

4th

Number of Chapters

60

Exports

CQUniversity

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