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Res Q Exerc Sport. 2012 Mar;83(1):77-85.

Implementation planning and progress on physical activity goals: the mediating role of life-management strategies.

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Department of Psychology, University of Maryland-College Park, MD 20742, USA.


This 4-week prospective study examined whether the use of life-management strategies mediates the relationship between implementation planning and short-term progress on physical activity goals. In particular the strategies of elective selection, compensation, and loss-based selection were disentangled to assess their specific mediating effects. Results from a sample of 131undergraduate students showed that, as a composite, life-management strategies fully mediated the relationship between planning and goal progress. More specifically, decomposing the effects demonstrated that only elective selection and compensation mediated the association between planning and greater progress on a personal physical activity goal. Results are discussed in light of their practical implications and contributions to the personal goal literature.

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