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Commitment to Exercise: The Influence of Personal, Athletic, and Psychological Characteristics / Compromiso con el ejercicio: la influencia de características personales, atléticas y psicológicas

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Author(s): Rui Gomes | Tatiana Capelão

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 12;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 505;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Dropout | Exercise | Personal and Athletic Factors | Psychological Factors

ABSTRACT
This study analyzes the influence of personal, psychological and athletic characteristics of participants regarding the commitment to exercise practice. The study included 153 participants divided in the adherer group (N = 102) and the dropout group (N = 51). Personal and athletic information, exercise attitudes, perceived behavioral control, intended exercise frequency, goal orientations, behavioral regulation, and expected exercising outcomes were evaluated. The results showed that the participants in the adherer group expressed a greater desire to maintain or increase their weight, they had more experience exercising, had greater intrinsic regulation, and assumed more positive and fewer negative exercise expectations. In conclusion, considering the role of personal, athletic, and psychological characteristics seems important in order to prevent abandoning exercise altogether.
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