- OXFORD LIBRARY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Exercise Psychology: Understanding the Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity and the Public Health Challenges of Inactivity
- Physical Activity Epidemiology
- The Ultimate Tranquilizer? Exercise and Its Influence on Anxiety
- Body Image and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Cognitive Function: Theoretical Bases, Mechanisms, and Moderators
- Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life
- Physical Activity as a “Stellar” Positive Psychology Intervention
- Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity
- Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise
- Cardiovascular Health Implications of Combined Mental and Physical Challenge
- Personality and Physical Activity
- Psychosocial Influence
- Theoretical Approaches to Exercise Promotion
- Theoretical Approaches to Physical Activity Intervention
- Social Cognitive Models
- Exercise Is a Many-Splendored Thing, but for Some It Does Not Feel So Splendid: Staging a Resurgence of Hedonistic Ideas in the Quest to Understand Exercise Behavior
- Exercise Psychology and Physical Disability
- Physical Activity and Exercise in Older Adults
- Children's Motivation for Involvement in Physical Activity
- Exercise Psychology and Children's Intelligence
- Cancer Patients
- Psychology of Resistance Exercise
- Tai Chi as an Alternative Mode of Exercise Activity for Older Adults
Abstract and Keywords
There is nothing as practical as a good theory. A good theory explains a phenomenon, predicts relationships and outcomes, is testable (falsifiable), is parsimonious, is generalizable (transferable), and encourages productivity. Physical activity is a complex behavior. Applying theory properly to physical activity will lead to a greater understanding of the important variables and mechanisms involved, guide interventions, and ultimately lead to better public health practices. This chapter presents several theories being used in physical activity in the context of a research article structure. This allows us to describe several theories and to illustrate how theory is part of all aspects of the research process.
Claudio R. Nigg, Department of Public Health Sciences, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Karly S. Geller, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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