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Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte

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LEGNANI, Rosimeide Francisco Santos et al. Motivational factors associated with physical exercise in college students. Rev. Bras. Ciênc. Esporte [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.3, pp.761-772. ISSN 0101-3289.

The study identified motivational factors associated with physical exercise in college students through translated and adapted version of the Exercise Motivations Inventory. Methodology: the participants were 63 students (20 and 30 years). Results: The main motivating factors for physical exercise were Prevention of Disease, Pleasure/Well-being and Physical Condition. Significant differences between genders were observed in five motivational factors: Affiliation (p < 0.01), Competition (p < 0.01), Body Weight Control (p < 0.04), Rehabilitation of health (p < 0.03) and Social Recognition (p < 0.05). Conclusion: important motivational aspects to be considered in interventions aimed at the promotion of regular physical exercise in this group of individuals.

Keywords : Motivation; physical activity; health promotion; young adult.

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