Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 214–224 | Cite as

Variety support and exercise adherence behavior: experimental and mediating effects

  • Benjamin D. Sylvester
  • Martyn Standage
  • Desmond McEwan
  • Svenja A. Wolf
  • David R. Lubans
  • Narelle Eather
  • Megan Kaulius
  • Geralyn R. Ruissen
  • Peter R. E. Crocker
  • Bruno D. Zumbo
  • Mark R. Beauchamp
Article

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which the provision of variety (i.e., variety support) is related to exercise behavior among physically inactive adults and the extent to which the ‘experience of variety’ mediates those effects. One hundred and twenty one inactive university students were randomly assigned to follow a high or low variety support exercise program for 6 weeks. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 3- and 6-weeks. Participants in the high variety support condition displayed higher levels of adherence to the exercise program than those in the low variety support condition [F(1, 116) = 5.55, p = .02, ηp2 = .05] and the relationship between variety support and adherence was mediated by perceived variety (β = .16, p < .01). Exercise-related variety support holds potential to be an efficacious method for facilitating greater exercise adherence behaviors of previously inactive people by fostering perceptions of variety.

Keywords

Diverse Physical activity Resistance training Mediation Perceived variety 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin D. Sylvester
    • 1
  • Martyn Standage
    • 2
  • Desmond McEwan
    • 1
  • Svenja A. Wolf
    • 1
  • David R. Lubans
    • 3
  • Narelle Eather
    • 3
  • Megan Kaulius
    • 1
  • Geralyn R. Ruissen
    • 1
  • Peter R. E. Crocker
    • 1
  • Bruno D. Zumbo
    • 4
  • Mark R. Beauchamp
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology of Exercise Health and Physical Activity Lab, School of KinesiologyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department for HealthUniversity of BathBathEngland, UK
  3. 3.School of EducationThe University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Educational and Conselling Psychology, and Special EducationThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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