Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 7–9 | Cite as

Doing What Feels Good (and Avoiding What Feels Bad)—a Growing Recognition of the Influence of Affect on Exercise Behavior: a Comment on Williams et al.

  • Steven J. PetruzzelloEmail author
Invited Commentary

As noted by David Williams and his colleagues [1], prevalence rates for physical activity remain disappointingly low, especially given how much attention has gone into research efforts to increase both adoption and adherence of physical activity behaviors. Their most recent effort provides a nice replication/extension of their earlier work [2] which showed that affect experienced during an acute bout of aerobic exercise predicted physical activity participation 6 and 12 months later. Specifically, that study found that a 1-unit increase in affect [via the feeling scale (FS); 3] during moderate-intensity exercise was associated with 38 min of additional physical activity 6 months later and 41 min of extra physical activity 12 months later. Essentially, the current study shows the same pattern, with affect experienced during a 10-min treadmill walk associated with increased physical activity 6 and 12 months later (29 and 14 min, respectively). There are several points related to this...


Physical Activity Physical Activity Behavior Affective Response Physical Activity Intervention Exercise Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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