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Exercise Psychology for Adults and Children Course

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Type: Online Course

Item: CIFJ0206


In this continuing education course, you’ll learn about exercise psychology for both adults and children, and discover how it relates to motivation and participation, exercise structures and benefits. Explore some of the latest research that provides clues about what motivates people to exercise and what keeps them coming back. You’ll also find out how kids and adolescents are not like adults when it comes to getting and staying fit and that they present their own unique challenges in terms of exercise motivation and adherence.

Articles and the test from the February 2006 CEC Exercise Psychology Issue of IDEA Fitness Journal.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the general findings of exercise psychology research during the years 2002–2005.
  2. Describe differences between male and female participation in exercise, paying particular attention to the research on body image, body satisfaction and weight concerns.
  3. Identify the psychological and behavioral benefits of exercise investigated during the review period.
  4. Articulate the implications of intensity, duration, frequency and modality of exercise for psychological outcomes.
  5. Define and assess the key elements of the Theory of Planned Behavior in relation to specific client goals.
  6. Identify several factors that motivate children and adolescents to participate in regular physical activity.
  7. Compare and contrast what motivates children versus adolescents.
  8. Describe to parents the ways in which they can influence a child’s involvement in physical activity.
  9. Design an individualized fitness program that addresses the needs of a child or an adolescent, based on developmental level, physical abilities and personal interests.
  10. Help children and teens set specific, realistic, challenging fitness goals that include outcomes and tasks to increase the rate of exercise adherence.

Course Content

The Psychology of ExerciseArticle
CIFJ0206Online Test

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