Weekly variability in outcome expectations: Examining associations with related physical activity experiences during physical activity initiation

Valerie G. Loehr, Austin S. Baldwin, David Rosenfield, Jasper A. Smits

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Little is known about how outcome expectations change after physical activity initiation and whether changes are associated with physical activity experiences. In a diary study, physically inactive adults (N = 102) initiated an exercise regimen and reported their experiences daily (e.g. progress toward goals) and corresponding outcome expectations weekly (e.g. how much progress they expect this week). Average levels (between-person effects) for eight experiences (ps <.01) and deviations from the average levels (within-person effects) for three experiences (ps <.05) were associated with changes in outcome expectations. The findings demonstrate that outcome expectations for exercise vary over time and are associated with people's subjective experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1319
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 13 2014



  • beliefs
  • exercise
  • exercise behavior
  • experience
  • health behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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