The Internal Gym: Engaging Internal & External Variables of Motivation in Exercise Self-Efficacy

Summer 2014

Berké Brown : Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Health | Psychology | Sociology

Mentor: William Satariano, Public Heath

In search of methods to best galvanize people into healthy action, our modern culture has turned health and fitness into an industry that focuses primarily on external factors such as weight, shape, and sex appeal. Though these aesthetics may work at getting people into the gym, they have not been as successful at helping them stick to their exercise routines. Statistics have consistently indicated that 50% of those who begin an exercise program abandon such regimens within three to six months.
For this reason my research aims to identify which internal and external motivational factors deter and promote exercise adherence. I will do this by examining the roles that both social and physical exercise environments play in helping individuals maintain lasting habits of health. It is my hope that this project contributes to the body of knowledge in exercise psychology and ultimately aids in efforts to facilitate exercise environments that nurture positive motivators that improve exercise adherence.

As I take on this honor and responsibility as a SURF fellow, I want to thank this program and the Wishek Fund for not only for allowing me to engage in research that will develop me both as a student and scholar, but even more so, for empowering me to invest all my faculties into my life journey to help discover newer and better methods to empower people to take control of their health. This research will serve as a pivotal catalyst in that pursuit, and for that, I am supremely grateful.