Good Health Requires Physical Activity

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While also improving psychological health by reducing stress, anxiety and depression (APA, 2014). Physical activity (PA) is defined as any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting (The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute [NHLBT], 2014). Provided with such benefits it would be expected that engagement and maintenance of PA among college students would be higher. However, reality is, only 38 % of college students participate in regular vigorous activity, and only 20 % participate in regular moderate activity (Douglas, Collins, Warren, Kann, Gold, Clayton & Kolbe, 1997). Because of the importance of PA to a person’s well-being it is not only important to know and understand the possible underlying factors existent that trigger a person to engage in PA but it is also crucial to examine the factor or desires that allow a person to maintain and engage in PA for a long period of time. For that reason, it is important to study intrinsic motivation in relation to physical activity. Intrinsic motivation refers to engagement in an activity because of the inherent pleasures and satisfactions it provides (Ryan, William, Patrick, & Deci, 2009).
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of…
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