Psychology of Physical Activity
Determinants, Well-Being and Interventions, 3rd edition, 3rd Edition
Routledge – 2015 – 416 pages
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, flashcards, PowerPoint slides, an instructors’ guide and a test bank of additional short answer and essay questions.
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
Stuart J. H. Biddle is Professor of Active Living and Public Health at Victoria University, Australia. Stuart was Psychology Editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences from 1995–1999 and was the inaugural Editor-In-Chief of the journal Psychology of Sport & Exercise. He is Past-President of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (FEPSAC), and has been Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science. In 1998, Stuart received the Distinguished International Scholar Award from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology in the USA. Stuart currently sits on the editorial boards of eight leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
Nanette Mutrie is the Director of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh and is also a Visiting Professor at the Medical Research Council’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. Nanette is a member of the International Task Force on Physical Activity for Obesity, the Scottish Executive Physical Activity and Health Council and the Scottish Physical Activity Task Force, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Trish Gorely is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health in the School of Sport at the University of Stirling, UK. Her research interests are in the psychology of physical activity and health, and understanding physical activity and sedentary behaviour in young people and adults. Trish is a member of the editorial board of the Asian Journal of Exercise and Sport Science.