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Conceptual change as it relates to motivation to engage in regular physical exercise

Ruggiero, Sherri (2013) Conceptual change as it relates to motivation to engage in regular physical exercise. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal, 4. pp. 71-92.

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Most models of human balance and wellness contain similar essential dimensions such as social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual, and physical. The physical domain acknowledges the individual’s need to engage in physical activity and make healthful choices with regard to what the body is exposed to. It is in this physical domain that most Americans are generally operating at a deficit. Research documenting the benefits of engaging in regular physical exercise aligns with many of the elements included in wellness models: physical, psychological, quality of life, as well as social and financial concerns of the extended community. Despite this understanding, the vast majority of the population does not engage in routine exercise despite conveying an intention to do so. This disparity between thinking and behaving should signal those in the behavioral health field there is an unmet need. Psychologists and related skilled helpers can use this information to better address their patient’s needs and overall health goals. Whether the goal is to promote behaviors that decrease disease or alternatively increase wellness, physical exercise accomplishes both simultaneously. Mental health professionals should feel confident prescribing a health regimen for their patients that includes regular physical exercise, and bridges the gap between intention and action. Understanding the patient’s specific barriers, promoting conceptual change, and addressing motivational issues are complex tasks. The information shared in this paper is a starting place for unraveling this complexity, laying the foundation for conceptual framework, and inspiring mental health professionals to make progress both personally and professionally in the domain of physical exercise.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is published annually and dedicated to publishing refereed articles related to professional counseling in general and issues and counseling approaches that focus on wellness and personal adjustment. Publication priority was given to current Masters and Doctoral students from CACREP-accredited Counseling Programs with active Chi Sigma Iota Chapters. Counseling & Wellness: A Professional Counseling Journal is the official publication of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Northern Arizona University.
Keywords: wellness, physical, exercise, motivation, conceptual change, healthful choices
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Department/Unit: Journals > Counseling and Wellness Journal
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 22:18
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/2649

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