Gone exercising: mental contrasting promotes physical activity among overweight, middle-aged, low-SES fishermen.

@article{Sheeran2013GoneEM,
  title={Gone exercising: mental contrasting promotes physical activity among overweight, middle-aged, low-SES fishermen.},
  author={Paschal Sheeran and Peter Harris and Jennifer Vaughan and Gabriele Oettingen and Peter M. Gollwitzer},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2013},
  volume={32 7},
  pages={802-9}
}
OBJECTIVE Fantasy realization theory (Oettingen, 2012) proposes that fantasizing about a desired future or dwelling upon negative reality rarely changes behavior whereas mentally contrasting fantasy with reality can be an effective behavior change technique. This is because mental contrasting energizes people to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their desired future. The present study tested whether mental contrasting promotes rates of physical activity among overweight, middle-aged… CONTINUE READING
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