I want to keep on exercising but I don’t: The negative impact of momentary lack of self-control on exercise adherence

Englert, Chris; Rummel, Jan (2016). I want to keep on exercising but I don’t: The negative impact of momentary lack of self-control on exercise adherence. Psychology of sport and exercise, 26, pp. 24-31. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.psychsport.2016.06.001

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Objectives: We investigated the impact of state and trait self-control strength on exercise execution. We hypothesized that state self-control strength is reduced on days that are perceived as stressful and that reductions in self-control strength result in a lower likelihood to work out. Additionally, trait self-control strength may affect the execution of workout plans. Design: University students, who stated that they have not been exercising regularly for at least one month, filled in a trait self-control inventory, a personality questionnaire, and were instructed to perform a daily workout over a one-week period. Perceived stress levels, state self-control strength, and workout completion were assessed on a daily basis. Results: Results revealed that people were less likely to exercise on days they perceived as stressful. State self-control mediated the relation between stress and exercise completion. Trait self-control and other personality variables did not affect workout completion. Conclusions: Results indicate that daily stress is associated with self-control depletion and a lower likelihood to work out.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education




Elsevier Science




Christoph Englert

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21 Mar 2019 14:52

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02 Nov 2019 20:50

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