Summary: Exercise Psychology is the first text to provide broad coverage of research, theory, and practical applications in the field of exercise psychology. With this book readers will gain the knowledge and skills they need to become successful practitioners in cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, health promotion, and corporate and commercial fitness.
Information from a wide variety of disciplines is presented in clear and concise language that's relevant for ...show morestudents and practitioners. Real-life scenarios help readers understand how to apply theoretical models and research in the fitness setting.
Part I focuses on the principles, theories, and concepts of exercise psychology and examines research on motivation, exercise adherence, psychological implications of exercise, and personality factors. Plus, theoretical models most beneficial to understanding exercise programming are discussed, including * the health belief model,
* the theory of reasoned action, and
* self-efficacy theory.
Part II shows readers how to apply psychological principles and techniques that will help people increase their motivation to exercise and change health-impairing behaviors. Readers will learn effective counseling skills and how to develop their role as group leader. They'll learn how group dynamics such as interpersonal communication, group conflict, decision-making, and problem solving work in the exercise setting.
Part II also includes numerous behavioral intervention strategies and details exercise approaches for special populations such as children, the elderly, and people with coronary heart disease, obesity, or physical disabilities.