Exercising for health reasons is linked to greater frequency of weekly exercise than exercising for any other reason in physically active undergraduates

Attila SZABO, Cheuk Kuen Eric TSANG, Istvan KARSAI, Istvan SOOS, Annemarie ROBINSON

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Abstract

The Health Belief Model predicts that health expectations from physical activity promote the adoption and maintenance of exercise. In this cross cultural study we have examined the reasons for and frequency of exercising in 235 physically active undergraduates from Hong Kong (HK) and United Kingdom (UK). Results showed that participants exercising for health reasons exercised significantly more often than those exercising for other reasons. A significantly larger proportion of UK sample exercised for health reasons whilst also reporting higher frequency of weekly exercise than the HK participants. These results confirm the motivational benefits of promoting exercise in relation to health.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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Szabo, A., Tsang, E., Karsai, I., Soos, I., & Robinson, A. (2004, August). Exercising for health reasons is linked to greater frequency of weekly exercise than exercising for any other reason in physically active undergraduates. Paper presented at the 28th International Congress of Psychology, Beijing, China.

Keywords

  • Development of Subject Knowledge
  • Sports Science