How Much You Exercise Depends on Your MindsetMay 25, 2020
Casual research citation flex 💪 🤓
Realized today that I share a lot of studies from other researchers… but never my own lol
This was a study I conducted in 2018 and was published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2019
Without training in how to interpret statistics or read scientific results, this figure can be a little confusing (but left I the beta values for my stats savvy friends out there)
Lemme break it down 👇
Fitness Mindset: how strong your growth mindset regarding fitness is (e.g. how much do you believe in your ability to become a more fit individual?)
Fitness Identity & Value: how much you value and identify with fitness and exercise
Exercise Self-Efficacy: how likely are you to persist in your exercise goals in the face of obstacles
Exercise Frequency: how much exercise you’ve gotten in the last 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year
There is a significant relationship between MINDSET and EXERCISE FREQUENCY
So, the stronger your growth mindset, the more likely you are to exercise more frequently.
BUT this relationship is mediated by fitness value/identity and self-efficacy.
Growth mindset increases value/identity and increases self-efficacy… and BECAUSE OF THIS, we see greater exercise frequency.
𝗪𝗛𝗬 𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗦 𝗜𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗖𝗢𝗢𝗟
This study provides an example of the importance of your mindset when it comes to how often you exercise.
But, it’s not just a direct relationship between growth mindset ➡️ and more exercise.
Having a growth mindset increases a lot of other “good stuff” like your values, what you identify with, and your self-efficacy (aka important things for sustained behavior change)
And it’s that increase in “good stuff” that likely leads you to exercising more.
📊 Mindset is a science. Statistics and all.
And mindset matters for your health behavior change endeavors, according to science.