publication . Article . 2016

Habitual exercise instigation (vs. execution) predicts healthy adults’ exercise frequency.

L. Alison Phillips; Benjamin Gardner;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Health Psychology, volume 35, pages 69-77 (issn: 0278-6133, eissn: 1930-7810, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<p>Objective: Habit is thought to be conducive to health behavior maintenance, because habits prompt behavior with minimal cognitive resources. The precise role of habit in determining complex behavioral sequences, such as exercise, has been underresearched. It is possible that the habit process may initiate a behavioral sequence (instigation habit) or that, after instigation, movement through the sequence is automated (execution habit). We hypothesized that exercise instigation habit can be empirically distinguished from exercise execution habit and that instigation habit strength is most predictive of future exercise and reflective of longitudinal exercise beh...
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free text keywords: Exercise maintenance, Habit development, /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738, Psychiatry and Mental health, /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3202, Applied Psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Exercise frequency, Automaticity, Health behavior, Habit, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Cognitive resource theory, Psychology, Habit strength, Social psychology
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publication . Article . 2016

Habitual exercise instigation (vs. execution) predicts healthy adults’ exercise frequency.

L. Alison Phillips; Benjamin Gardner;