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Effect of Motivation on Exercise Adherence among Obese Women

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Women exercise for a variety of reasons that may range from enjoyment to the maintenance of good physical well-being. Many women blame the weather, lack of time, lack of energy and lack of motivation. Some of these sources are external and we may not have much control over. But most of them are internal reasons that can be controlled by the individual detailing the need for personal change.

Lifestyle interventions are the most cost effective means of reducing the risk of a variety of medical conditions and are essential in the treatment of obesity. Continuous insight has been provided into the process of weight maintenance with nearly 80% of successful weight loss maintainers reporting sustained energy expenditure through voluntary physical activity (Jeffrey et al, 2010).

[...] Poor maintenance of exercise in weight loss programs appears to be the major challenge in management of obesity among women. It has been realized that weight loss achieved during a weight loss session is eventually gained at the end of such programs. Increasing attention is being given to the predictors of behavioural maintenance of weight loss because of the apparent effect that self-perception and motivation has on weight loss maintenance. Obese women are generally known to suffer from self-esteem issues hence small dents on their social and physical lives may significantly affect their level of motivation (Wilson, Mack & Grattan, 2008). [...]

[...] Poor eating and exercise behaviour is commonly associated with weight gain. Thus for one to achieve lasting change, it is imperative that they change their behaviour as relates to these two aspects. This should not be done simply to comply with the protocols of weight loss but as a way of accepting these changes to be part of their on-going lifestyle. It is only in this way that weight loss can be achieved. Various individual psychological needs have to be met before behaviour regulation can be achieved. [...]

[...] Approval will be obtained from the Faculty Ethics Committee and all participants will be required to give informed consent before participating. Sample By design, participants will have to be women. They will be recruited from a local weight support group in the area for women with weight challenges. Women will have to be between 25 50 years old and premenopausal owing to the effect of menopause on weight loss. They must a (BMI) of stuck between 25 and 40kg/m2 which is a requirement for them to be classified as overweight / obese. [...]

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