Motivation to practice and not to practice physical exercise: Comparative study
The main objective of this study was to know the reasons that lead people to the practice and non-practice of physical exercise. The sample consisted of 185 individuals, 79 were male and 106 female, aged between 12 and 75 years old (M = 29.45; SD = 13.55). Motivation to practice physical exercise was assessed based on the QMAD questionnaire. Through the IMAAD questionnaire (Pereira & Vasconcelos-Raposo, 1997), it was possible to determine the motivation for not practicing physical exercise. The results showed that for non-practitioners of physical exercise, the most important reason for practicing is to “exercise”. In contrast, for practitioners, the most relevant factor is “being in good physical condition”. For non-participants among non-practitioners of physical exercise, the most important motive was “out of laziness”, followed by “lack of sports habits” for both practitioners and non-practitioners of physical exercise.
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