Title

Exerciser Self-image and Indices of Health-related Physical Fitness

Poster Number

7

Lead Author Major

Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Mark Van Ness

Faculty Mentor Department

Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Abstract/Artist Statement

Self-belief about exercise strongly influences people's exercise behavior. This relationship may have significant impact on health-related physical fitness and help to address the exercise behavior deficit in the US. However, it is not known if self-belief about exercise significantly impacts physical fitness levels. The purpose of this study was to identify self-beliefs about exercise and determine if these beliefs influence behaviors and result in greater levels of physical fitness. Exercise self-schema theory is a social cognitive psychological theory that is capable at explaining and predicting chronic exercise behaviors. It establishes that self-images are based on cognitive generalizations about the "self" which creates a drive to behave in ways that correspond with established self-perceptions. Preliminary research has found self-images (also called self-schemas) concerning exercise to more reliably predict both exercise intention and reported exercise behavior better than beliefs concerning exercise alone. In the present study we sought to evaluate whether exercise self-schema theory could differentiate levels of health-related physical fitness in college students. The results of this study revealed a significant link between exercise self-schema classification and indices of health-related physical fitness. In this study exerciser schematics were found to be significantly more physically fit, leaner, and able to exercise at significantly greater frequency than individuals not classified as exerciser schematics. These findings provide preliminary evidence that exercise self-schema is positively associated with increased physical fitness. The results informed strategies oriented toward modifying exercise behaviors to reduce hypokinetic risk factors for disease.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Start Date

26-4-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

26-4-2014 4:00 PM

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Exerciser Self-image and Indices of Health-related Physical Fitness

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom

Self-belief about exercise strongly influences people's exercise behavior. This relationship may have significant impact on health-related physical fitness and help to address the exercise behavior deficit in the US. However, it is not known if self-belief about exercise significantly impacts physical fitness levels. The purpose of this study was to identify self-beliefs about exercise and determine if these beliefs influence behaviors and result in greater levels of physical fitness. Exercise self-schema theory is a social cognitive psychological theory that is capable at explaining and predicting chronic exercise behaviors. It establishes that self-images are based on cognitive generalizations about the "self" which creates a drive to behave in ways that correspond with established self-perceptions. Preliminary research has found self-images (also called self-schemas) concerning exercise to more reliably predict both exercise intention and reported exercise behavior better than beliefs concerning exercise alone. In the present study we sought to evaluate whether exercise self-schema theory could differentiate levels of health-related physical fitness in college students. The results of this study revealed a significant link between exercise self-schema classification and indices of health-related physical fitness. In this study exerciser schematics were found to be significantly more physically fit, leaner, and able to exercise at significantly greater frequency than individuals not classified as exerciser schematics. These findings provide preliminary evidence that exercise self-schema is positively associated with increased physical fitness. The results informed strategies oriented toward modifying exercise behaviors to reduce hypokinetic risk factors for disease.