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Applied Health Fitness Psychology eBook

Applied Health Fitness Psychology eBook

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    Applied Health Fitness Psychology considers behavioral issues regarding exercise and nutrition using a research-to-practice approach. This comprehensive text explains how health fitness psychology has emerged from other parent disciplines to become a wide-ranging discipline that can be addressed in various exercise, fitness, and health settings, allowing both current and future professionals to assist their patients or clients in adopting healthier lifestyles.

    Applied Health Fitness Psychology uses contributions from sport and exercise psychology, counseling and clinical psychology, exercise science, sports medicine, and behavioral medicine to provide a scientific basis for presenting strategies for behavior change. Unique to this text is a critical consideration of cultural, spiritual, and religious components as a factor in initiating and maintaining exercise behavior. The evidence-based approach will help readers use techniques and interventions that promote positive changes among various populations.

    Students will grasp the scope of this emerging field by studying the following topics:

    • The theoretical foundation of health behavior change and motivational theories
    • Physical, cognitive, and motivational obstacles to adopting a healthy lifestyle
    • Use of cognitive and behavioral strategies and interventions to promote exercise adherence, set goals, and improve fitness and exercise performance
    • Steps that will help students become professionals in health fitness psychology
    • Considerations in working with special populations, such as older adults, pregnant women, individuals recovering from injuries, and individuals with chronic conditions or dysfunctional eating behaviors

    Chapter objectives at the start and a summary, review of key concepts, and student activity at the end of each chapter help students and instructors stay focused on understanding the main concepts and putting this information into practice. Highlight boxes, tables, and figures throughout the book keep readers engaged with the material. From Research to Real World sidebars show students how the information in the text can be used in multiple professions and illustrate the many applications for health fitness psychology in today's society. For instructors, Applied Health Fitness Psychology includes online access to a presentation package and test package.

    While modifying a person's—or a culture's—disdain for exercise will not happen quickly, Applied Health Fitness Psychology equips aspiring and practicing professionals working in a variety of health, fitness, and allied health fields with strategies to help people make the shift to more active and healthy lifestyles.


    Textbook for undergraduate students in sport and exercise psychology and health and fitness psychology courses; reference for academic libraries and professionals in the health and fitness and allied health industries (e.g., nursing students, athletic trainers, exercise rehabilitation, dietitians, mental health professionals, medical practitioners) who work directly with patients and clients on exercise prescription, assessment, and adherence.

    Table of Contents


    Part I. Theoretical Foundations of Health Fitness Psychology
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Applied Health Fitness Psychology
    Psychological Benefits of Exercise
    Physical Benefits of Exercise
    Motives for Exercising
    Why We Keep Our Unhealthy Habits
    Challenges of Changing Health Behavior
    Defining Applied Health Fitness Psychology
    History of Applied Health Fitness Psychology

    Chapter 2. Psychological Motivation Theories
    Motivation Defined
    Sources of Motivation
    Achievement Motivation Theory
    Achievement Goal Theory
    Goal Orientation Theory
    Competence Motivation Theory
    Deci's Cognitive Evaluation Theory
    Self-Determination Theory
    Attribution Theory
    Weiner's Attribution Model

    Chapter 3. Theories and Models of Exercise Behavior
    Health Belief Model
    Theories of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior
    Self-Efficacy Theory
    Transtheoretical Model
    Relapse Prevention Model
    Deterrence Theory
    Drugs in Sport Deterrence Model

    Part II. Factors That Influence Health Behavior
    Chapter 4. Barriers to Positive Health Behavior
    Causes of Self-Destructive Behaviors
    Obstacles to Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
    Exercise Barriers and Sources of Negative Attitudes
    Mental and Psychological Barriers
    Health Behavior Intervention Research
    Four Components of Health Behavior Change

    Chapter 5. Personal Factors
    Personality Traits as Predictors of Health Behavior
    Orientations, Styles, and Exercise Adherence
    Behavioral Tendencies

    Chapter 6. Situational and Environmental Factors
    Social Support of Exercise Habits
    Fitness Coaching for Exercise Participation
    Situational Factors That Promote Physical Activity
    Environmental Factors That Promote Physical Activity
    Job Incentives That Promote Healthy Lifestyle Choices

    Chapter 7. Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual Components
    Health Care in Multicultural Populations
    Religious Community and Health Habits
    Contradictions Between Religious Practice and Unhealthy Living
    Health Benefits of Religiousness and Spirituality

    Part III. Strategies for Health Behavior Interventions
    Chapter 8. Exercise Adherence and Compliance
    Reasons for Exercise Participation
    Perceived Exercise Barriers
    Defining Adherence and Compliance
    Measuring Adherence
    Developing an Exercise Habit
    Steps to Achieving Exercise Adherence
    Mental Barriers to Exercise Adherence
    Weiner's Attribution Model Applied to Exercise Adherence

    Chapter 9. Cognitive and Behavioral Strategies
    Interventions, Treatments, and Strategies
    Cognitive Strategies
    Behavioral Strategies
    Exercise Programs and Interventions
    Applying Motivation Theory

    Chapter 10. Fitness Goal Setting and Leadership
    Direction and Quality of Behavior
    Goals and Personality
    Performance and Outcome Goals
    Goal-Setting Guidelines in Exercise Settings
    Strategies for Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers

    Part IV. Professional Considerations
    Chapter 11. Fitness Consulting With Special Populations
    Older Adults
    Injury Rehabilitation Patients
    Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patients
    Pregnant Women
    People With Diabetes
    People With Physical and Mental Disabilities
    People With Chronic Conditions
    Cancer Patients
    Cultural Differences

    Chapter 12. Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors
    Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders
    Emotional Eating
    Body Dissatisfaction
    Multidisciplinary Approach to Combating Eating Disorders
    Strategies for Obesity Management
    Weight Maintenance

    Chapter 13. Professional Organizations and Ethics
    Professional Organizations
    Employment Opportunities
    Professional Ethics

    About the Author

    About the Author

    Mark H. Anshel, PhD, is a professor in the department of health and human performance with a joint appointment in the psychology department at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He is the author of more than 135 research publications, four fitness books, and multiple editions of the text Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice. His research since 2007 has concerned the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral model on exercise participation and adherence called the Disconnected Values Model. Anshel is recognized as an international leader in providing evidence-based programs and linking research with practice in the areas of exercise and fitness psychology and sport psychology.

    Over the course of his career, Anshel has gained hands-on experience consulting with more than 3,000 clients on healthy habits, particularly the use of exercise. His practical career experience began with seven years as a fitness director in community recreation. From 2000 to 2002 Anshel served as a performance coach at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Florida, where he provided corporate clients with a cognitive-behavioral program on replacing unhealthy habits with more desirable lifestyle routines. He also served as a performance consultant and researcher related to improving wellness and coping skills with the Murfreesboro Police Department from 2005 to 2011.

    In 2009, Anshel was awarded the Distinguished Research Scholar Award from Middle Tennessee State University. Anshel is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology). He is the founder and director of the Middle Tennessee State University Employee Health and Wellness Program, which received grant funding of $130,000 over two years. Anshel also served for 10 years on the editorial board of the Journal of Sport Behavior.

    In his free time, Anshel enjoys jogging, writing on health-related topics, and reading current events and health-related research. He resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


    “With its easy-to-understand style, this book can be useful as a firm building block for students looking to further their studies in a related field in exercise psychology.”

    Doody’s Book Review (5-star review)


    All ancillary materials are FREE to course adopters and available at

    Test package. Includes more than 340 true-or-false, multiple-choice, and short-answer questions.

    Presentation package. Includes more than 230 PowerPoint text slides that highlight material from the text, which instructors can use for class discussion and demonstration. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly in PowerPoint or can be printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides as well as search for images based on key words.

    The presentation package is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-6509-0