Messages to run with: An examination of exercise behavior in relationship to behavior alteration messages
The number of obese, sedentary, and unfit people in the United States continues to increase yearly. Social support has been cited in numerous studies as a way to increase physical activity in the general population, but few studies examine the interaction occurring in social networks that best facilitates consistent physical activity. The current study surveyed 197 individuals concerning both their exercise habits and communication exchange. Three communication components demonstrated a statistically significant correlation to exercise consistency: Attitude positive immediate, r = .157, p < .05; attitude positive long term, r = .152, p < .05; and outcome expectancy, r = .222, p < .01. The results of the study indicate that certain types of communication within social support networks may be more likely to facilitate behavioral change or exercise consistency than other types of communication.
0573: Public health
0575: Sports medicine