Subjective temporal proximity to future selves moderates the link between exercise intentions and behavior

M. Blair Evans, Anne E. Wilson

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Abstract

This study investigated whether temporal distance to a future self in a year's time moderated the exercise intention- behavior relationship. Eighty adult regular cyclists, runners, and group exercisers completed an online survey that assessed exercise intentions and closeness to a future self, as well as a 4-week follow-up survey to report exercise behavior. Most notably, closeness to a future self moderated the intention- behavior relationship, whereby feeling closer to a future self was related to increased intention- behavior congruency. This research supports the contention that temporal distance to future selves is an important consideration in the exercise domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-190
Number of pages7
JournalSport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology

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