This study compared three forms of mail-mediated exercise behavior change strategies on the weekly leisure-time exercise behavior of individuals at different stages of exercise (SOE).
Subjects were 113 healthy females, 22 to 50 years old (M=36.9).
After being classified by SOE, subjects were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments :
lifestyle exercise packet (LEP) ;
structured exercise packet (SEP) ;
or control packet.
Packets were mailed to subjects at their worksite.
After 31-days, 108 (95%) subjects responded to a query about their previous week's leisure-time exercise behavior.
A 3 (SOE) x3 (Exercise group) x2 (Time) REANOVA revealed main effects for SOE (p<0.0001), exercise group (p<0.05), and time (p<0.0001).
No significant interactions were observed.
Post-hoc testing showed that those in the action/maintenance stages differed from those in the preparation and precontemplation/contemplation stages (p<0.01), and that LEP subjects reported significantly more weekly leisure-time exercise post-intervention compared to controls (p<0.01).
These findings suggest the LEP was the most effective strategy for encouraging weekly leisure-time exercise.
Future research should be directed at corroborating these findings and determining the potential long-term value of this strategy in comparison to more traditional strategies.
Mots-clés Pascal : Loisir, Exercice physique, Enseignement par correspondance, Instruction, Efficacité, Modèle théorique, Promotion santé, Homme, Femelle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Leisure, Physical exercise, Mail teaching, Instruction, Efficiency, Theoretical model, Health promotion, Human, Female
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0430444
Code Inist : 002A26Q03. Création : 10/04/1997.