Motivation in Physical Activity Research Paper by Master Researcher

Motivation in Physical Activity
A study of the important role of motivation in the development of physical education.
# 36925 | 1,900 words | 8 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2003 in Sport (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper analyzes a number of studies carried out on motivation and physical activity in an endeavor to identify the links between motivation, the motivator, the participant and the physical task/ activity that is to be performed. The literature review leads the writer to conclude that overall motivation in physical exercise is a cognitive orientation that is greatly affected by the individuals' ego orientation and perception.

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"On the other hand, another quantitative study by Nathalie Koivula [1999] indicates that motivation in physical exercise stem from the motive of the individuals. She had taken a total of 440 participants to complete a questionnaire. Of these participants 202 were women and 208 were men. They were either from the Stockholm University or the Royal Institute of Technology, age ranging from 25-26 years. Although the purpose of the study had been to relate how gender and social constructions play an important part in determining motivating individuals to participate in physical exercise, but the research study also reveals that perceived benefits gained from physical exercise motivate people to participate in physical activities. Gender differences differentiate these motives but overall the perceived notions that physical exercise will prove beneficial motivate them to exercise. Koivula's literature review also established that motives like "psychological enhancement, stress reactivity, and mental well-being, such as reduced depression, anxiety, tension and stress, and increased vigor and clear-mindedness" allow the individuals to consider participation in physical exercise. To establish this fact, she used the BSRI questionnaire, which allows discrimination of gender type and to establish the degree of motivation. The result proved that there is an intrinsic link between motivation and self perception, aside from competitiveness in men, appearance and enjoyment through socialization."

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