Changes in Intrinsic Motivation and Physical Activity among Overweight Women in a 12-Week Dragon Boat Exercise Intervention Study

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Physical and psychosocial health risks are associated with both excess body weight and a sedentary lifestyle (National Institutes of Health [NIH], 1998). However, few researchers have focused on behavioral and motivational processes associated with exercise adoption and maintenance among overweight women. This study examined the efficacy of a team-based physical activity intervention on motivation and activity from a self-determination theory perspective. Overweight, inactive women (N=66) were randomly assigned to either a 12-week dragon boat program or a control condition. Participation in the dragon boat exercise was associated with increased intrinsic motivation and physical activity. Based on these data, the researchers suggest that this novel, team-based exercise intervention may improve motivation and activity levels in this at-risk population.

Meghan McDonough Department of Health and Kinesiology, Perdue University 800 W. Stadium Ave. West Lafayette, IN 47907 E-mail: mcdonough@perdue.edu Phone: (756) 496-9483 Fax: (765) 496-1239

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