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Exploring motivation for leisure-based physical activity: a case study of college studentsAuthor(s): Alvin Hung Chih Yu
Source: In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 342-349.
Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionThe benefits of physical activity have been well documented in recent years. Physical activity may decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, assist in weight management, improve personal mood, and promote physiological health. In light of this increased activity, it is important to understand the reasons for it. This exploratory study attempted to identify college students' motivations for leisure-based physical activity. To gain this information, interviews were utilized to learn more about the motivations for physical activity. Fifteen students finished the interviews in this study and results revealed five main motivations after open coding procedures: body image, self-efficacy, social needs, enjoyment, and health. These findings responded to self-efficacy theory and value-expectancy theory, where students were motivated for physical activities by their belief in their own ability and in positive outcomes. This study may be the first step in future motivation studies in leisure-based physical activity.
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CitationYu, Alvin Hung Chih. 2007. Exploring motivation for leisure-based physical activity: a case study of college students. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 342-349.
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