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Adherence and Regulation

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Adherence Increases with:

  • Perceived social support
  • Those who see high value in physical health
  • Those who associate pleasure with an exercise session
  • Those who exercise frequently rather than spasmodically.
  • Group cohesiveness results in significantly higher adherence rates, especially in older women.

The majority of research confirms:

SELF EFFICACY beliefs are critical to the initial adoption of an exercise routine but

PLEASURE and SATISFACTION are more important for sustaining that behaviour

Regulatory Skills

Certain self-regulatory skills appear to benefit adherence:

  • Goal setting
  • Monitoring progress
  • Self-reinforcement – intrinsic motivation.
  • Prompting by session organisers is also important especially in initial stages of regular exercise – emails, texts, telephone counselling.

Simple prompts are more effective than lengthy educational sessions.

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