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Applied Health Fitness Psychology


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Part I. Theoretical Foundations of Health Fitness PsychologyChapter 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 Summary References 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 Summary References 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 Summary References Part II. Factors That Influence Health BehaviorChapter 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 Summary References Chapter 5. Personal Factors Personality Traits as Predictors of Health Behavior Orientations, Styles, and Exercise Adherence Behavioral Tendencies Summary References 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 Summary References 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 Summary References Part III. Strategies for Health Behavior InterventionsChapter 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 Summary References Chapter 9. Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies Interventions, Treatments, and Strategies Cognitive Strategies Behavioral Strategies Exercise Programs and Interventions Applying Motivation Theory Summary References 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 Summary References Part IV. Professional ConsiderationsChapter 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 Summary References 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 Summary References Chapter 13. Professional Organizations and Ethics Professional Organizations Credentialing Employment Opportunities Professional Ethics Summary References

About the Author

Mark H. Anshel, PhD, is a professor in the department of health and human performance with a joint appointment in the psychology department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He is the author of more than 135 research publications, four fitness books, and multiple editions of the text Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice. His research since 2007 has concerned the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral model on exercise participation and adherence called the Disconnected Values Model. Anshel is recognized as an international leader in providing evidence-based programs and linking research with practice in the areas of exercise and fitness psychology and sport psychology. Over the course of his career, Anshel has gained hands-on experience consulting with more than 3,000 clients on healthy habits, particularly the use of exercise. His practical career experience began with seven years as a fitness director in community recreation. From 2000 to 2002 Anshel served as a performance coach at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, where he provided corporate clients with a cognitive-behavioral program on replacing unhealthy habits with more desirable lifestyle routines. He also served as a performance consultant and researcher related to improving wellness and coping skills with the Murfreesboro Police Department from 2005 to 2011. In 2009, Anshel was awarded the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from Middle Tennessee State University. Anshel is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology). He is the founder and director of the Middle Tennessee State University Employee Health and Wellness Program, which received grant funding of $130,000 over two years. Anshel also served for 10 years on the editorial board of the Journal of Sport Behavior. In his free time, Anshel enjoys jogging, writing on health-related topics, and reading current events and health-related research. He resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


"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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