1st Edition

Applied Exercise Psychology The Challenging Journey from Motivation to Adherence

Edited By Selen Razon, Michael L. Sachs Copyright 2018
    470 Pages
    by Routledge

    470 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Applied Exercise Psychology emphasizes the application of evidence-based knowledge drawn from the fields of exercise psychology, health psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, and exercise physiology for physical activity behavior change. The book provides readers with:

    • theoretical bases for understanding and promoting physical activity behavior;
    • interventions to use for facilitating physical activity behavior change and the tools for measuring the effectiveness of these interventions;
    • cross-cultural considerations for practitioners to ensure multicultural competency;
    • considerations to guide best practices with special populations (e.g., persons with medical conditions and persons with mental health conditions);
    • overall applied implications and future directions.

    The collection builds a bridge between up-to-date research findings, relevant field experiences, and applied implications. This is the first book to cover such breadth of topics in applied exercise psychology, with chapters bringing often overlooked issues to the attention of practitioners to promote not only evidence-based practice but also responsible ethics and referral.


    1. Introduction and Book Objectives, Selen Razon

    2. The Sedentariness Epidemic - Demographic Considerations, Claudio R. Nigg and Brook Harmon

    3. A Rose by any Other Name…, Jennifer B. Ciaccio and Michael L. Sachs

    4. It’s All Psychophysiological! – Effects of Exercise on your Body and Psyche, Heather E. Webb and Edmund O. Acevedo

    5. Theories and Models of Behavior Change Applied to Exercise: Research and Practice, Robert Weinberg

    6. Alternative Models of Health Behavior Change, Jeff Cherubini and Mark H. Anshel

    7. Exercise and Well-Being, Mikihiro Sato

    8. Psychological Skills Training for Adopting and Adhering to Exercise, Lauren S. Tashman, Duncan Simpson, J. Gualberto Cremades

    9. Use of Sensory Modalities, Selen Razon, Jasmin Hutchinson, and Itay Basevitch

    10. Advanced Technological Trends in Exercise Psychology, Edson Filho and Gershon Tenenbaum

    11. Exergaming, Edson Filho, Selenia Di Fronso, Claudio Robazza, and Maurizio Bertollo

    12. Measuring Interventions’ Effects – Assessment of Perceived Barriers, Enjoyment and Adherence of Physical Activity, Claudio R. Nigg and Zoe Durand

    13. The Physical Environment and Public Policy, Rebecca Lee, Scherezade Mama, Heather Leach, Erica Soltero, and Nathan Parke

    14. Cross-Cultural Considerations in Exercise Promotion: A Cultural Sport Psychology Perspective, Kerry R. McGannon and Robert J. Schinke

    15. Gender: Important Terms and Concepts, Emily A. Roper

    16. Swimming Upstream: Addressing Barriers to Exercise and Physical Activity in Women of Color, Leeja Carter, Kisha Grady, and Jardana Silburn

    17. Socioeconomic Status, Amanda M. Perkins

    18. Playing the Field: Experiences with Sexual Orientation and Gender in Sport and Physical Activity, Leslee A. Fisher, Allison Daniel Anders, and James M. DeVita

    19. Persons with Disabilities, Stephanie J. Hanrahan

    20. Applied Exercise Psychology: Children and Adolescents, Lindsey C. Blom, Amanda J. Visek, and Brandonn S. Harris

    21. Exercise and Aging, David Pargman and Urska Dobersek

    22. Communication Style, Kate L. Nolt

    23. Exercise in Obesity from the Perspective of Hedonic Theory: A Call for Sweeping Change in Professional Practice Norms, Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Zack Zenko, and Kira M. Werstein

    24. Solvitur Ambulando: Exercise and Mental Health Conditions, Kate F. Hays

    25. Exercise Addiction, Michael L. Sachs

    26. Persons with Exercise Injuries, Monna Arvinen-Barrow and Damien Clement

    27. Social Physique Anxiety and Muscle Dysmorphia, Urska Dobersek and Robert C. Eklund

    28. Eating Disorders and Exercise, Christine L. B. Selby

    29. Mindfulness, Amy Baltzell and Trevor Cote

    30. Positive Psychology, Gloria H.M. Park and Ashley Anderson Corn

    31. Persons with Medical Conditions, Kate L. Nolt

    32. Professional and Ethical Issues in Applied Exercise Psychology, Vanessa R. Shannon and Sam Zizzi


    Selen Razon is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Health Sciences, West Chester University.

    Michael L. Sachs is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, Temple University.

    "Applied Exercise Psychology is an exceptional contribution to the field. Razon and Sachs focus on the immense challenges associated with increasing exercise participation rates. This thought-provoking compendium includes a diverse array of 32 chapters that focus on theoretical foundations and applied suggestions for exercise adoption and adherence by respected researchers in the field." – Bonnie G. Berger, Bowling Green State University, USA

    "Razon and Sachs, along with nearly 60 international scholars, seek to narrow the gap between people’s good intentions toward living healthy, active lifestyles and their achievement of these goals. Their book uniquely links theory, research, and practice together in relatable, relevant, and nuanced ways – ways that can truly make a difference!"Bradley J. Cardinal, Oregon State University, USA

    "This book provides a timely and important integration of research and application and will be essential reading for anyone interested in the field of applied exercise psychology. It breaks new ground regarding best practice, compiling contributions from world-leading scholars and highlighting important cross-cultural and demographic considerations. I can recommend it to students, researchers, and practitioners alike." - Chris Wagstaff, University of Portsmouth, UK