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Aerobic Exercise Is Promoted when Individual Performance Affects the Group: A Test of the Kohler Motivation Gain Effect.
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PMID:  22576339     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: A key barrier to achieving recommended intensity and duration of physical activity is motivation. PURPOSE: We investigated whether a virtually present partner would influence participants' motivation (duration) during aerobic exercise. METHOD: Fifty-eight females (M (age) = 20.54 ± 1.86) were randomly assigned to either a coactive condition (exercising alongside another person, independently), a conjunctive condition (performance determined by whichever partner stops exercising first) where they exercised with a superior partner, or to an individual condition. Participants exercised on a stationary bike at 65 % of heart rate reserve on six separate days. RESULTS: Across sessions, conjunctive condition participants exercised significantly longer (M = 21.89 min, SD = ±10.08 min) than those in coactive (M = 19.77 min, SD = ± 9.00 min) and individual (M = 10.6 min, SD = ±5.84 min) conditions (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Exercising with a virtually present partner can improve performance on an aerobic exercise task across multiple sessions.
Authors:
Brandon C Irwin; Jennifer Scorniaenchi; Norbert L Kerr; Joey C Eisenmann; Deborah L Feltz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-4796     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-5-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510246     Medline TA:  Ann Behav Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Kinesiology, Michigan State University, IM Sports-Circle, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA, irwinbra@msu.edu.
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