The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice

4th Edition

Curt L. Lox, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis, Steven J. Petruzzello

Published May 21, 2014
Textbook - 456 Pages
ISBN 9781621590064 - CAT# Y319351

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The Psychology of Exercise: Integrating Theory and Practice, fourth edition, continues to weave together theory, research, application, and interventions to provide readers with a solid foundation in exercise psychology. In this comprehensive, accessible, book, the authors apply prominent theories and models to actual situations encountered professionally. Compelling graphs, models, other visuals, and effective pedagogical aids further enhance the material.

The chapters in Part I help readers understand and modify exercise behavior, while those in Part II discuss psychosocial influences and the consequences of physical activity. Among the topics explored are the impact of exercise on self-perceptions, including self-esteem and body image; stress, anxiety, and depression; and emotional well-being. Chapters on the relationship between physical activity and cognitive function as well as health-related quality of life offer the latest information for these areas of study.

Features of the Fourth Edition

New streamlined chapter on self-perceptions and exercise, which combines previous chapters on self-esteem and body image. This more logical presentation of related topics makes it easier to teach these topics and better depicts their intersection.

Refocused chapter on health-related quality of life and exercise, to include more emphasis on special populations and demonstrate how exercise can benefit those who have chronic diseases, chronic disabilities, or physical limitations.

Discussions throughout on mobile devices, apps, social media, and high-tech point-of-decision and how these technologies can be used for tracking and measuring physical activity and for offering social support.

Updated references, glossary, and graphics.

Special Features of the Book

Reader-friendly price

Outstanding author team of active researchers with diverse areas of expertise

End-of-chapter review questions and learning activities to enhance understanding

Connections between theory and application throughout

Focus boxes, with additional learning activities, highlighting research on physical activity and populations with chronic disease and disability

Standardized questionnaires, including some of the most frequently used measures in exercise psychology research


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