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Applied Health Fitness Psychology

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Applied Health Fitness Psychology

Applied Health Fitness Psychology considers behavioral issues regarding exercise and nutrition using a research-to-practice approach. This comprehensive text explains how health fitness psychology has emerged from other parent disciplines to become a wide-ranging discipline that can be addressed in various exercise, fitness, and health settings, allowing both current and future professionals to assist their patients or clients in adopting healthier lifestyles.
Applied Health Fitness Psychology uses contributions from sport and exercise psychology, counseling and clinical psychology, exercise science, sports medicine, and behavioral medicine to provide a scientific basis for presenting strategies for behavior change. Unique to this text is a critical consideration of cultural, spiritual, and religious components as a factor in initiating and maintaining exercise behavior. The evidence-based approach will help readers use techniques and interventions that promote positive changes among various populations.
Students will grasp the scope of this emerging field by studying the following topics:

Chapter objectives at the start and a summary, review of key concepts, and student activity at the end of each chapter help students and instructors stay focused on understanding the main concepts and putting this information into practice. Highlight boxes, tables, and figures throughout the book keep readers engaged with the material. From Research to Real World sidebars show students how the information in the text can be used in multiple professions and illustrate the many applications for health fitness psychology in today's society. For instructors, Applied Health Fitness Psychology includes online access to a presentation package and test package.
While modifying a person's--or a culture's--disdain for exercise will not happen quickly, Applied Health Fitness Psychology equips aspiring and practicing professionals working in a variety of health, fitness, and allied health fields with strategies to help people make the shift to more active and healthy lifestyles.
Part I. Theoretical Foundations of Health Fitness Psychology
Chapter 1. Introduction to Applied Health Fitness Psychology
Psychological Benefits of Exercise
Physical Benefits of Exercise
Motives for Exercising
Why We Keep Our Unhealthy Habits
Challenges of Changing Health Behavior
Defining Applied Health Fitness Psychology
History of Applied Health Fitness Psychology
Chapter 2. Psychological Motivation Theories
Motivation Defined
Sources of Motivation
Achievement Motivation Theory
Achievement Goal Theory
Goal Orientation Theory
Competence Motivation Theory
Deci's Cognitive Evaluation Theory
Self-Determination Theory
Attribution Theory
Weiner's Attribution Model
Chapter 3. Theories and Models of Exercise Behavior
Health Belief Model
Theories of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior
Self-Efficacy Theory
Transtheoretical Model
Relapse Prevention Model
Deterrence Theory
Drugs in Sport Deterrence Model
Part II. Factors That Influence Health Behavior
Chapter 4. Barriers to Positive Health Behavior
Causes of Self-Destructive Behaviors
Obstacles to Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise Barriers and Sources of Negative Attitudes
Mental and Psychological Barriers
Health Behavior Intervention Research
Four Components of Health Behavior Change
Chapter 5. Personal Factors
Personality Traits as Predictors of Health Behavior
Orientations, Styles, and Exercise Adherence
Behavioral Tendencies
Chapter 6. Situational and Environmental Factors
Social Support of Exercise Habits
Fitness Coaching for Exercise Participation
Situational Factors That Promote Physical Activity
Environmental Factors That Promote Physical Activity
Job Incentives That Promote Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Chapter 7. Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Components
Health Care in Multicultural Populations
Religious Community and Health Habits
Contradictions Between Religious Practice and Unhealthy Living
Health Benefits of Religiousness and Spirituality
Part III. Strategies for Health Behavior Interventions
Chapter 8. Exercise Adherence and Compliance
Reasons for Exercise Participation
Perceived Exercise Barriers
Defining Adherence and Compliance
Measuring Adherence
Developing an Exercise Habit
Steps to Achieving Exercise Adherence
Mental Barriers to Exercise Adherence
Weiner's Attribution Model Applied to Exercise Adherence
Chapter 9. Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies
Interventions, Treatments, and Strategies
Cognitive Strategies
Behavioral Strategies
Exercise Programs and Interventions
Applying Motivation Theory
Chapter 10. Fitness Goal Setting and Leadership
Direction and Quality of Behavior
Goals and Personality
Performance and Outcome Goals
Goal-Setting Guidelines in Exercise Settings
Strategies for Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers
Part IV. Professional Considerations
Chapter 11. Fitness Consulting With Special Populations
Older Adults
Injury Rehabilitation Patients
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patients
Pregnant Women
People With Diabetes
People With Physical and Mental Disabilities
People With Chronic Conditions
Cancer Patients
Cultural Differences
Chapter 12. Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors
Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
Emotional Eating
Body Dissatisfaction
Multidisciplinary Approach to Combating Eating Disorders
Strategies for Obesity Management
Weight Maintenance
Chapter 13. Professional Organizations and Ethics
Professional Organizations
Employment Opportunities
Professional Ethics
About the Author

Textbook for undergraduate students in sport and exercise psychology and health and fitness psychology courses; reference for academic libraries and professionals in the health and fitness and allied health industries (e.g., nursing students, athletic trainers, exercise rehabilitation, dietitians, mental health professionals, medical practitioners) who work directly with patients and clients on exercise prescription, assessment, and adherence.


  • Mark H. Anshel, PhD

    “With its easy-to-understand style, this book can be useful as a firm building block for students looking to further their studies in a related field in exercise psychology.”

    Doody’s Book Review (5-star review)

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