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Examining College Music Majors' Perceived Barriers and Motivation to Exercise

Matthew W. Seitz, Jacob J. Levy, Barbara A. Murphy
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 35 Number 4: Page 181 (December 2020)

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Abstract: Previous research has revealed music majors, in general, do not identify as exercisers, subjecting them to various health risks. Influenced by self-determination theory, the current study examined exercise motivation and self-efficacy in overcoming barriers to exercise in relation to number of times per week collegiate music majors reported they engaged in physical exercise. One hundred six college music majors completed a demographic questionnaire regarding their participation in marching music activities and how many days per week they engaged in physical exercise. They also completed two standardized questionnaires that assessed their motivation to exercise (i.e., Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2) and their confidence in overcoming barriers to exercise (i.e., Barriers Specific Self-Efficacy Scale). Results indicated that music majors who espoused a stronger identified motivation to exercise and had greater self-efficacy in their perceived ability to overcome barriers to exercise reported a greater frequency of exercise engagement. Sex difference were also found, with female music students being less confident (than their male counterparts) in their ability to overcome barriers to exercise. These findings highlight the motivations, obstacles, and perceptions of exercise in the music culture, providing a helpful start for comprehending what drives individuals in this domain.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2020.4026

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