The Development Of F.L.E.A.T. - Adherence Coaching For African Americans Enrolled In A 6-month Exercise Intervention
Research shows that nearly 50% of new exercisers drop out of their program in the first six months. However, individually tailored adherence interventions utilizing both cognitive and behavioral approaches have been found to decrease the average six-month dropout rate from 50% to approximately 20%. Clinical research interventions rarely include formal adherence methodology; however, based upon these findings, researchers and clinicians should consider increasing adherence as an essential component of effective exercise interventions. While adherence interventions may be a large undertaking, utilizing graduate students in exercise psychology may allow for the demands of the intervention to be met.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
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Perkins AM, Sturgeon KM, Feairheller DL, Sachs ML, Brown MD. The Development of F.L.E.A.T.- Adherence Coaching for African Americans Enrolled in a 6-month Exercise Intervention. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 43:5. Supp. 2011.