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Charles S. LawverFollow

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14-12-2016 9:25 AM

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Though it is recommended that the average person should exercise about 75 minutes a week, so many people barely perform in physical activity at all. Those who do not work out regularly do not do it because they do not find it enjoyable and find that its difficulty outweighs its benefits. If exercising was more enjoyable, more people would do it and care about their health. To make exercise more fun, I plan on introducing a social influence on people and measuring how much they work out in a week. Participants will go to the gym for four consecutive weeks, alternating each week with going alone, going with one exercise partner, going alone again, and going with two exercise partners. They will be measured on how long they are at the gym to see if motivation to exercise increases with number of exercise partners, and they will report on a survey at the end of the study how they think having a partner(s) affects their performance versus when they exercise alone. I hypothesize that if the number of people one exercises with is increased, then performance and motivation to exercise for a longer period of time will also increase.

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Dec 14th, 9:25 AM

The Effects of Social Pressures on Exercise Motivation and Performance

Though it is recommended that the average person should exercise about 75 minutes a week, so many people barely perform in physical activity at all. Those who do not work out regularly do not do it because they do not find it enjoyable and find that its difficulty outweighs its benefits. If exercising was more enjoyable, more people would do it and care about their health. To make exercise more fun, I plan on introducing a social influence on people and measuring how much they work out in a week. Participants will go to the gym for four consecutive weeks, alternating each week with going alone, going with one exercise partner, going alone again, and going with two exercise partners. They will be measured on how long they are at the gym to see if motivation to exercise increases with number of exercise partners, and they will report on a survey at the end of the study how they think having a partner(s) affects their performance versus when they exercise alone. I hypothesize that if the number of people one exercises with is increased, then performance and motivation to exercise for a longer period of time will also increase.