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J Health Psychol. 2015 Jan 28. pii: 1359105314567207. [Epub ahead of print]

Mindfulness and satisfaction in physical activity: A cross-sectional study in the Dutch population.

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  • 1Utrecht University, The Netherlands Philips Research Laboratories, The Netherlands
  • 2Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • 3Philips Research Laboratories, The Netherlands Radboud University, The Netherlands.
  • 4Philips Research Laboratories, The Netherlands.


Both satisfaction and mindfulness relate to sustained physical activity. This study explored their relationship. We conducted a cross-sectional study with 398 Dutch participants who completed measures on trait mindfulness, mindfulness and satisfaction with physical activity, physical activity habits, and physical activity. We performed mediation and moderated mediation. Satisfaction mediated the effect of mindfulness on physical activity. Mindfulness was related to physical activity only when one's habit was weak. The relation of mindfulness with satisfaction was stronger for weak compared to strong habit. Understanding the relationship between mindfulness and satisfaction can contribute to the development of interventions to sustain physical activity.

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exercise; exercise behavior; mindfulness; regression; satisfaction

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