The positive benefits of physical activity for physical and mental health are now widely acknowledged, yet levels of physical inactivity continue to increase throughout the developed world. Understanding the psychology of physical activity has therefore become an important concern for scientists, health professionals and policy-makers alike. Psychology of Physical Activity is a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of exercise psychology, from theories of motivation and adherence to the design of successful interventions for increasing participation.
Now in a fully revised, updated and expanded third edition, Psychology of Physical Activity is still the only textbook to offer a full survey of the evidence-base for theory and practice in exercise psychology, and the only textbook that explains how to interpret the quality of the research evidence. With international cases, examples and data included throughout, the book also provides a thoroughly detailed examination of the relationship between physical activity and mental health. A full companion website offers useful features to help students and lecturers get the most out of the book during their course, including multiple-choice revision questions, PowerPoint slides and a test bank of additional learning activities.
Psychology of Physical Activity is the most authoritative, engaging and up-to-date introduction to exercise psychology currently available. It is essential reading for all students working in exercise and health sciences.
Part 1: Introduction and Rationale 1. Introduction and rationale Part 2: Physical Activity and Mental Health 2. Physical activity and psychological well-being 3. Physical activity and depression 4. Physical activity and other mental health challenges 5. Physical activity and cognitive functioning 6. Physical activity and self-esteem Part 3: Physical Activity Correlates and Theories 7. Physical activity correlates and barriers 8. Physical activity and attitude 9. Physical activity and motivation 10. Physical activity and confidence 11. Physical activity and stage-based approaches Part 4: Physical Activity Behaviour Change 12. Physical activity interventions 13. Physical activity interventions for young people 14. Physical activity interventions for adults and older adults 15. Physical activity interventions for clinical populations and conditions Part 5: Sedentary Behaviour 16. Psychology of sitting Part 6: Conclusions 17. Summary, conclusions and recommendations