Self-concept plays a significant role in determining patterns of engagement with physical activity, as well as being inextricably linked to physical appearance more generally for both genders. The social constructions of both gender and physical activity interact to determine motives and barriers to participation. Until recently, cognitive appraisals or the personal meanings attaching to physical activity have been afforded scant regard in the sport and exercise psychology literature but now are acknowledged as important in genuinely understanding participation behaviour. Consequently, qualitative, idiographic and hermeneutic methods are also now considered appropriate for providing more in-depth understanding of exercise/well-being phenomena. In turn, interventions that accommodate the subjective states of the individual are now accepted as crucial to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle incorporating appropriate levels of physical activity.
|Title of host publication||Sport and Exercise Psychology: Practitioner Case Studies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Physical Activity and Self Concept: A Humanistic Intervention|
|Number of pages||23|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2016|