Regular participation in physical activity (PA) has many physiological and psychological benefits, whether undertaken as part of a professionally prescribed exercise program or a leisure pursuit. PA includes structured aerobic and resistance exercise, competitive and recreational sport, occupational activity, as well as activities of daily living. Increasing one’s level of PA is gaining wide recognition as one of the essential elements of behavioral change necessary to promote overall health-fitness. From young to old, from those with chronic illnesses to elite athletes, regular PA can play an important role in optimizing performance and enhancing functional capacity, even preventing and treating a wide variety of diseases and disorders. This laboratory manual presents data based on experiments that are intended to provide advanced understanding of those perceptual and psychosocial factors that influence promotion, adoption, and maintenance of PA of the type that provides positive health-fitness benefits.
KeywordsPhysical Activity Physical Inactivity Physical Activity Program Physical Activity Participation Regular Participation
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