EXERCISE PREFERENCES AND MOTIVATORS IN YOUNG ADULT WOMEN WHO EXERCISE REGULARLY
Chloe S. Jones, Danielle D. Wadsworth. Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
BACKGROUND: Young adult women are less active than young adult men and have increased chances for weight gain during their 20s and 30s. In an effort to increase activity, preferrable modes of exercise in young women should be explored. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore exercise preferences and motivators in young women who exercise regularly. METHODS: Young women who exercised regularly identified their preferred mode of exercise and their motivators to exercise using the Exercise Motivations Inventory-2 (EMI-2). Preferred mode of exercise and volume were examined, and MANOVA tests were conducted to explore differences in motivators amongst the group. RESULTS: The women (n= 269; M= 27.04 ± 4.70y) identified weightlifting as their preferred mode of exercise (32.3%). A MANOVA was used to determine if motivators for exercised differed based upon volume of muscle-strengthening (MS) training (low= 0-1days; moderate= 2-3days; high= ≥4 days). Significant differences were found amongst the three groups (Λ= 0.800, F [30, 488]= 1.924, p= 0.003). Women who engaged in a high volume versus low volume of MS activities had higher levels of motivation from revitalization (p= 0.035), enjoyment (p= 0.004), challenge (p= 0.002), social recognition (p=0.009), appearance (p= 0.028), and strength and endurance (p< 0.001). CONCLUSION: Future exercise intervention studies should examine the perception of weightlifting as a primary mode of exercise amongst young, inactive women. Additionally, both intrinsic (mental) and extrinsic (physical) motivators for exercise should be conveyed to inactive women as results suggest both are used to maintain regular exercise amongst this sample.
Jones, CS and Wadsworth, DD
"EXERCISE PREFERENCES AND MOTIVATORS IN YOUNG ADULT WOMEN WHO EXERCISE REGULARLY,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 16:
2, Article 180.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol16/iss2/180