Leading a physically active lifestyle: Effective individual behavior change strategies

Siobhan M. White, Emily L. Mailey, Edward McAuley

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Learning objective: This feature article describes the application of some commonly applied behavior change strategies and theories. Social cognitive theory, theory of planned behavior, and self-management theory constructs are defined and linked to useful and effective behavior change strategies. Numerous recommendations for practitioners to effectively incorporate these strategies as they work with clients at various stages of physical activity program adoption are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-15
Number of pages8
JournalACSM's Health and Fitness Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Exercise Adherence
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Self-management
  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Theory of Planned Behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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