The short-term efficacy of a brief motivational intervention designed to increase physical activity among college students

J Phys Act Health. 2012 May;9(4):525-32. doi: 10.1123/jpah.9.4.525. Epub 2011 May 12.

Abstract

Background: Research has shown that many college students do not meet recommended national guidelines for physical activity. The objective of this pilot study was to examine the short-term efficacy of a brief motivational intervention (BMI) designed to increase physical activity.

Methods: Participants were 70 college students who reported low physical activity (83% women, 60% African American). Participants were randomly assigned to either the BMI condition or to an education-only (EO) condition. They completed measures of physical activity at baseline and 1-month follow-up.

Results: Those in the BMI condition reported more vigorous-intensity physical activity at a 1-month follow-up than those in the EO condition.

Conclusions: The findings from this study provide preliminary support for the efficacy of a BMI designed to increase physical activity among college students. Future studies should continue to examine and refine the intervention in an effort to improve health-related behaviors among this group.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01075139.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Body Mass Index
  • Exercise / physiology
  • Exercise / psychology
  • Exercise Test
  • Feedback, Psychological
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sports / physiology
  • Sports / psychology*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Time Factors
  • Universities*
  • Young Adult

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01075139