Why do they do it? Assessing self-report physical activity behavior and quality of life in individuals with multiple sclerosis
Physical activity has been shown to effectively aid multiple sclerosis symptom management; however, individuals with multiple sclerosis tend to be inactive physically. Developing effective, sustainable, physical activity interventions involves first understanding motivators for physical activity. Open-ended surveys exploring physical activity motivators were collected from 215 individuals with multiple sclerosis. Responses indicate that self-efficacy and internalized motivation derived from physical activity outcomes were motivators for physical activity, and physical activity was cited as increasing overall quality of life. Future physical activity interventions should incorporate methods for building self-efficacy for physical activity and focus on increasing awareness of the long-term physical benefits derived from physical activity.
chronic illness, motivation, motivators and barriers, physical activity, quality of life, self-efficacy
Fasczewski, Kimberly S., Sara M. Rothberger, and Diane L. Gill. "Why do they do it? Assessing self-report physical activity behavior and quality of life in individuals with multiple sclerosis." Journal of health psychology 25, no. 7 (2020): 964-975.