Self-Efficacy and Exercise Adherence Among Adults Completing a 10-K Running/Walking Event
community running / walking race events
levels of physical activity
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Physical Activity and Education Services Honors Theses; 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine levels of exercise self-efficacy and physical activity adherence among adults completing a 10K running race. Race participants completed a questionnaire packet immediately upon completion of a local 10K. Participants then completed the same questionnaire 3-5 week later and returned it through US mail. The study questionnaire packet included previously validated subscales designed to assess self-efficacy to overcome barriers to physical activity; task, coping, and scheduling self-efficacy; and a 7-Day Recall of Exercise Questionnaire for moderate and vigorous physical activity. Data analysis was conducted to examine changes in self-efficacy and physical activity following participation in a 10K race, and to examine whether self-efficacy immediately following participation in a race could predict rates of physical activity 3-5 weeks later. Results of the study indicate significant increases in days of moderate physical activity (p < 0.05) and task self-efficacy (p < 0.05) between the survey administrations. Self-efficacy immediately following the race significantly predicted levels of vigorous physical activity (p < 0.05) weeks later. Task self-efficacy was the only subscale to independently contribute to this prediction (p < 0.05). Completing a local 10K could provide an approach to promote physical activity adherence. Further research should examine more about the impact that local running events could have on self-efficacy and exercise adherence among adults.
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