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“They [pleasure and pain] govern us in all we do, in all we say, in all we think” (Bentham, 1780, p.1). Physical inactivity is one of the most widely reported risk-factors associated with many non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, cancer, obesity, hypertension, stroke, osteoporosis, and depression (Warburton et al., 2006; Bravata et al., 2007), as well as overall global mortality (World Health Organization, 2010). Interventions that increase physical activity can reliably reduce the impact of these undesired outcomes. However, the key question facing research and theory is how best to conceptualize the associated psychological factors, which ultimately determine adherence to behavioral change. Social-Cognitive models of behavior, including the Theory of Planned Behavior, Transtheoretical Model, and Social-Cognitive Theory, represent popular explanatory frameworks, which can help practitioners understand how best to improve physical activity behavior.
Author(s): Murphy S, Eaves DL
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology
Online publication date: 10/06/2016
Acceptance date: 20/05/2016
ISSN (electronic): 1664-1078