Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie and Cumming, Jennifer and Ntoumanis, Nikos and Nikitaras, Nikitas (2012) Exercise imagery and its correlates in older adults. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13 (1). pp. 19-25. ISSN 14690292
URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.08.002
Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1016/j.psychsport.2011.08.002
The purpose of the present study was to test a structural model examining the interrelationships between exercise imagery, self-reported exercise behaviour and well-being in older adults.
Participants were 499 older Greek adults (50.10% males) aged between 51 and 84 years (M age = 57.31; SD = 5.52) who completed questionnaires measuring exercise imagery use, exercise behaviour, subjective vitality, and physical self-worth. The relationship between these variables was tested with a structural model based on the applied model of imagery use for exercise (Munroe-Chandler & Gammage, 2005).
Energy imagery positively predicted exercise behaviour and subjective vitality, and appearance and technique imagery positively predicted physical self-worth.
These results indicate older adults engage in different types of imagery to motivate themselves to exercise and improve their well-being, thus implying that the content of imagery interventions should be specifically tailored to the outcomes older adults wish to realise for interventions to be effective.
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