ارتباط ذهن آگاهی و پذیرش با نگهداری ورزش در ورزشکاران YMCA
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|32231||2010||5 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4368 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Behaviour Research and Therapy, Volume 48, Issue 8, August 2010, Pages 805–809
Although most U.S. adults have initiated an exercise program at some time, only a fraction are able to maintain consistent exercise. Instead, research suggests that intermittent exercise is commonplace among U.S. adults, underscoring the importance of identifying factors associated with consistent exercise at a level that promotes health and long-term maintenance of this activity. We proposed a theoretical model in which mindfulness and acceptance may promote exercise initiation and maintenance. Mindfulness, acceptance, and suppression were examined as a function of exercise status in 266 YMCA exercisers. Those who were successful at maintaining exercise tended to score higher on measures of mindfulness and acceptance, and lower on measures of suppression. Findings are discussed in light of our proposed theoretical model in which exercisers having greater mindfulness and acceptance are less reactive; responding with more balanced appraisals to threats to their exercise regimen which in turn promotes increased exercise maintenance. Future studies should utilize longitudinal design to examine causal relationships between variables.
With escalating rates of obesity and associated chronic disease, it is critical that health care providers gain a better understanding of the factors that support their patients’ ability to achieve and sustain recommended levels of physical activity. Although most US adults have initiated exercise programs at some point in their lives (Sallis et al., 1990), research suggests that considerably fewer adults consistently meet guidelines for leisure-time physical activity (Adams & Schoenborn, 2006). About half of adults are likely to drop-out of structured exercise programs within 6 months of initiation or fail to maintain physical activity at the intended level (Buckworth and Dishman, 2002 and Marcus et al., 1997). Interventions designed to increase physical activity are often effective, but the mechanisms by which these interventions work are only partially understood. In our efforts to better understand factors that promote physical activity, it may be important to consider the ‘lived’ experience of physical activity, which for many is marked by pain, stiffness, soreness, low perceived self-efficacy, and other negative qualities, especially among those who are initiating a physical activity regimen. These unpleasant, avoidance-promoting experiences may at least partially account for low adherence and maintenance rates. The introduction of novel constructs – such as mindfulness and acceptance – into the physical activity literature is warranted because they offer a means of exploring the immediate or short-term experience of physical activity, and the reasons for problematic adherence and maintenance despite the long-term benefits. Mindfulness and acceptance have emerged in recent years as substantive constructs that seem to exert their influence across numerous psychological domains (cognitive, affective and behavioral) relevant to varied mental health issues. “Mindfulness” – has been defined as “non-judgmental, present-oriented focused attention (Kabat-Zinn, 2003)”, and psychological acceptance has been defined as, “the willingness to remain in contact with and to actively experience particular private experiences (e.g., bodily sensations, emotions, thoughts memories, behavioral predispositions) that seem to accompany functionally useful overt behaviors, pg. 2 (Hayes, Bissett, et al., 1999)”. Experiential avoidance is the conceptual opposite of acceptance and is described as “the tendency to try to change or avoid difficult thoughts and feelings, pg. 993, (Gifford & Lillis, 2009)”. In acceptance-based therapeutic approaches, suppression, the “conscious effort to avoid a particular thought (Wegner, Schneider, Carter, & White, 1987)”, is considered to be one of the primary emotion regulation strategies utilized to avoid emotionally distressing experience (Hoffmann & Asmundson, 2008). Thus, suppression is congruent with experiential avoidance and counter to acceptance. These constructs are central aspects of newly developed clinical interventions that have been effective in improving mental and physical well-being (Baer, 2003 and Hayes et al., 2006). Among the best known of these interventions are the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program of Kabat-Zinn and colleagues (Kabat-Zinn, 1990), and Hayes et al.’s Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999). In spite of the success of these interventions in certain domains, relationships between mindfulness, acceptance, and health-promoting behaviors in healthy adults have received very little attention in the literature, although preliminary results are promising. Mindfulness and acceptance have been central components of several health behavior change interventions. Mindfulness-based interventions have been found to reduce coronary heart disease risk (Edelman et al., 2006), and lower BMI and increase physical activity (Tapper et al., 2009). ACT-based behavioral interventions have been used successfully for weight loss (Lillis, Hayes, Bunting, & Masuda, 2009), smoking cessation (Gifford et al., 2004), and blood glucose regulation in type 2 diabetes (Gregg, Callaghan, Hayes, & Glenn-Lawson, 2007). Mindfulness and acceptance-based (MAB) interventions have also been successfully employed to reduce anxiety and depression (Baer, 2003 and Hayes, Follette, et al., 2004), a benefit that has also been consistently demonstrated in exercise research. The anxiolytic effects of exercise are comparable to those for CBT for anxiety and better than those of other anxiety treatments (Wipfli, Rethorst, & Landers, 2008), and exercise confers benefits for depressed mood that are comparable to cognitive therapy (Mead et al., 2009). Based upon the findings of MAB health interventions cited above, one could theorize that mindfulness and acceptance promote improved psychological well-being which in turns promotes an increased ability to initiate and maintain exercise. However, relationships between mindfulness, acceptance and exercise have yet to be investigated. The conceptual basis of mindfulness described herein rests on the transactional model of stress first proposed by Lazarus and Folkman (1984) and subsequently applied by Kabat-Zinn (1990) to a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention model. The model proposes that non-judgmental, present-moment awareness fosters effective, responsive appraisal of ongoing events in a manner that counteracts habitual cognitive and physiological reactions. Applied to exercise, the model predicts that sensations associated with exercise initiation and maintenance – some of which are inevitably unpleasant or even painful – would elicit balanced appraisals of experiences that might otherwise lead to avoidant or suppressive behaviors (e.g., exercise drop-out). In the current study, we examined mindfulness, acceptance, and suppression as a function of exercise status in YMCA exercisers to empirically evaluate this model as applied to exercise.