Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Association of Exercise Identity with Three Measures of Exercise Commitment in a Community Sample

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Association of Exercise Identity with Three Measures of Exercise Commitment in a Community Sample

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Dean F. Anderson, Charles M. Cychosz, and Warren D. Franke, Iowa State University

Sociological traditions suggest that role identities serve to give meaning and importance to past behavior as well as providing direction for future behavior. The Exercise Identity Scale (EIS) was developed to measure the strength of the role identity related to exercise. This investigation examined the relationship of the role identity of exercise (Exercise Identity) with three measures of exercise commitment. Data were collected from two samples of community residents. For the first sample, flyers and mailers were distributed to the 54 worksites in the community that were participating in the 5 + 5 Challenge health promotion program. They asked participants to volunteer for a telephone survey. The 5 + 5 Challenge program is a community-based intervention developed by the Bureau of Health Promotion within the state Department of Public Health to encourage participants to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily and spend at least 30 min in physical activity five or more days each week. A tota l of 237 of the participants completed the telephone survey. For the second sample, 268 telephone interviews were completed out of 365 (73%) eligible control group of randomly selected community residents. …

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