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The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

Edited by Edmund O. Acevedo

Volume 1, issue Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394313
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195394313.001.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to optimal physical and mental health has never been greater. It is widely acknowledged that physical inactivity is a leading cause of death, yet statistics show that less than 50 percent of Americans participate in regular physical activity. This information highlights the public health challenge of increasing participation in physical activity to enhance physical health and to buoy the psychological benefits associated with it. This publication provides a comprehensive presentation of the breadth and depth of empirical contributions utilizing state-of-the-science theories and approaches in exercise psychology. Articles are authored by investigators across the globe who have made scientific contributions addressing the behavioral aspects of physical activity. Sections address the effects of physical activity on mental health; knowledge gathered utilizing psychobiological perspectives; behavioral factors that impact exercise motivation; scientific contributions addressing the physical activity benefits with special populations, including individuals with physical disabilities, older adults, and cancer patients; and promising areas for additional investigation. Each article presents a summary of scientific advancements in the topic area as a foundation for future investigation.

Keywords: physical activity; physical health; mental health; public health challenge; psychological benefits; behavioral aspects; exercise motivation; physical disabilities; older adults; cancer patients

Book.  552 pages. 

Subjects: Psychology

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Physical Activity Epidemiology in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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Body Image and Exercise in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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Psychoneuroendocrinology and Physical Activity in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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Muscle Pain During and Following Exercise in The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

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