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Derakhshanpour A, Vaez Mousavi M K, Taheri H. The Effect of the Special Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention on the Commitment to Exercise and Adherence to the Exercise Routine. Ann Appl Sport Sci 2018; 6 (2) :61-68
1- Exercise Psychology Department, Sport Sciences Faculty, Imam Reza International University, Mashhad, Iran ,
2- Physical Education Department, Imam Hossein University, Tehran, Iran
3- Motor Behavior Department, Sport Sciences Faculty, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
Abstract:   (6951 Views)
Background. Although most people are aware of the advantages of physical exercise, they fail to adhere to a regular routine of exercise, which necessitates this intervention.
Objectives. In this study, by controlling the moderating role of the variable of commitment to exercise, the effect of a special cognitive-behavioral intervention on the commitment and adherence to an exercise routine has been investigated in adults.
Methods. The statistical population for this study comprises 635 people with over 10 years' professional experience. Of this number, 235 were selected. Then, 80 employees were randomly assigned to two groups, experimental and control, with 40 members each. The experimental group was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy for four months over 14 sessions. To collect the data on commitment and adherence to the exercise routine, a questionnaire was used.
Results. When the effect of the pretest variable on the dependent variable was adjusted, it was observed that there is a significant difference (p<0.01) between the means of the scores for commitment to exercise and adherence to exercise routine. The covariance test revealed that the difference in the adherence to exercise routine in both the experimental and control groups, after controlling the effects of commitment to exercise, was not significant (p<0.05).
Conclusion. The findings show that adherence to exercise routine can be improved in people by cognitive-behavioral intervention, using the moderating role of the variable of commitment to exercise and eliminating the gap between the intention to exercise and commitment to exercise. Therefore, counselors and therapists can use the cognitive-behavioral intervention protocol to improve the commitment to exercise and adherence to exercise routine.
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• Regular physical activity is a major factor in disease prevention and the improvement of physical and mental health. However, the chief concern is non-adherence to regular exercises. Therefore, physicians and counselors can use cognitive-behavioral therapy as a method to improve commitment and adherence to a regular exercise routine.
• The ease of access to training facilities is potentially beneficial for persuading workers to participate in these programs, but it can be challenging to persuade them to participate regularly. Therefore, it is recommended that if organizations, institutes, and industrial centers want to enhance their staff participation in sports programs, they can apply such a protocol.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Exercise, Training and Health
Received: 2017/08/29 | Accepted: 2017/11/28

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