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Why do they exercise less? Barriers to exercise in high-anxiety-sensitive women.
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PMID:  21877959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of arousal sensations) is a risk factor for mental and physical health problems, including physical inactivity. Because of the many mental and physical health benefits of exercise, it is important to better understand why high-AS individuals may be less likely to exercise. The present study's aim was to understand the role of barriers to exercise in explaining lower levels of physical exercise in high-AS individuals. Participants were undergraduate women who were selected as high (n = 82) or low (n = 72) AS. High-AS women participated in less physical exercise and perceived themselves as less fit than low-AS women. Mediation analyses revealed that barriers to exercise accounted for the inverse relationships between AS group and physical exercise/fitness levels. Findings suggest that efforts to increase physical exercise in at-risk populations, such as high-AS individuals, should not focus exclusively on benefits to exercise but should also target reasons why these individuals are exercising less.
Brigitte C Sabourin; Catherine A Hilchey; Marie-Josée Lefaivre; Margo C Watt; Sherry H Stewart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognitive behaviour therapy     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1651-2316     ISO Abbreviation:  Cogn Behav Ther     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-31     Completed Date:  2012-01-05     Revised Date:  2013-01-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101143317     Medline TA:  Cogn Behav Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  206-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / psychology*
Exercise / psychology*
Self Report
Grant Support
//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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