The Determinants of Physical Activity and Exercise

Public Health Reports (Impact Factor: 1.55). 01/1985; 100(2):158-71.
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Evaluation and delivery of physical activity and exercise programs appear impeded by the substantial numbers of Americans who are unwilling or unable to participate regularly in physical activity. As a step toward identifying effective interventions, we reviewed available research on determinants relating to the adoption and maintenance of physical activity. We categorized determinants as personal, environmental, or characteristic of the exercise. We have considered supervised participation separately from spontaneous activity in the general population. A wide variety of determinants, populations, and settings have been studied within diverse research traditions and disciplines. This diversity and the varied interpretation of the data hinder our clearly summarizing the existing knowledge. Although we provide some directions for future study and program evaluation, there is a need for research that tests hypotheses derived from theoretical models and that has clear implications for intervention programs. We still need to explore whether general theories of health behavior or approaches relating to specific exercises or activities can be used to predict adoption and maintenance of physical activity.

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    • "However, LTPA was more strongly associated with health reasons than social reasons, which may suggest that health education is still a viable strategy in PA promotion with adolescents . This should be implemented as a component of multilevel interventions in order to maximize effectiveness by overcoming structural barriers at the various levels of the social ecological model (Dishman et al., 1985; Giles-Corti & Donovan, 2002). Moreover, although this could be a highly motivating factor, a focus upon the benefits of PA with regard to body shape should be approached with caution due to the sensitive nature of this subject, the pressure from society, and the potential for mental health issues to arise (Brown & Witherspoon, 2002). "
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    • "Des études nous révèlent que la PAP est influencée par certains facteurs de divers ordres (Dishman, Sallis, & Orenstein, 1985; Sallis & Owen, 1999). Plus spécifiquement, la famille, les amis, le temps, la température extérieure, le contexte communautaire, etc., sont des facteurs qui peuvent influer sur la PAP d'une personne (Dishman et al., 1985; Giles-Corti & Donovan, 2002; Ridgers, Stratton, Fairclough, & Twisk, 2007; Stellino & Sinclair, 2008). Les jeunes semblent particulièrement influencés par certains facteurs sur lesquels ils n'ont pas de contrôle direct (Brodersen, Steptoe, Boniface, & Wardle, 2007), tel que leur sexe et leur milieu socio-économique d'origine (Aquatias et al., 2008; Moore et al., 1991). "
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    • "The literature about participation in workplace health interventions is not extensive. Dishman et al. (1985) seminal review on determinants of PA, in which they found that participation in PA and exercise programmes depended on type of activity (i.e. fitness, exercise or general PA), characteristics of the person and individual lifestyle habits, and environmental characteristics. "
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