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J Phys Act Health. 2011 May;8(4):516-22.

A pilot study of acceptance and commitment therapy for promotion of physical activity.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) appears to have some promise as a method of promoting physical activity.

METHOD:

This pilot study evaluated the short-term effectiveness of a brief, physical-activity-focused ACT intervention. Young adult, female participants were randomly assigned to an Education (n=19) or ACT (n=35) intervention. Both interventions consisted of 2, 2-hour group sessions. ACT sessions taught skills for mindfulness, values clarification, and willingness to experience distress in the service of behavior change.

RESULTS:

Of the intervention completers, ACT participants increased their level of physical activity significantly more than Education participants.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results indicate that ACT approaches have the potential to promote short-term increases in physical activity.

PMID:
21597124
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