The influence of a collegiate fitness and wellness course on the students’ physical activity motivation and behavior

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Heather Leah DeLangie (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Diane Gill

Abstract: Physical activity has many physical and psychological benefits; however, many college students are currently inactive. More research is needed to understand how to improve physical activity behaviors in college students. This study evaluated the influence of a fitness and wellness course on the students’ physical activity motivation and behavior and the influence of specific components of the course based on feedback from the students and course instructors. Forty students (13 female, 27 male) participated in the study while enrolled in the course in fall 2018. Participants completed a pre and post survey measuring physical activity motivation, intention, self-efficacy and physical activity behavior, and a post-course evaluation survey. Results of repeated measures ANOVA tests on the pre-post survey measures demonstrated a significant improvement in the student’s intrinsic motivation to participate in physical activity from pre (M = 35.98, SD = 9.33) to post course (M = 38.62, SD = 7.84); F (1,39) = 7.71, p = .008 and self-efficacy to exercise from pre (M = 2.75, SD = .963) to post course (M = 3.07, SD = .823); F (1,39) = 13.31, p =.001. Program ratings and open-ended responses from students and instructors indicated that participating in physical activity was the most influential component of the course. More research is needed to explore other methods for incorporating additional physical activity within similar collegiate classes. [This abstract has been edited to remove characters that will not display in this system. Please see the PDF for the full abstract.]

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2019
College Students, Course, Motivation, Physical Activity, Physical Education
Physical education and training $x Study and teaching (Higher)
Physical education for college students
Exercise $x Psychological aspects
Motivation (Psychology)

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