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Exercise procrastination (i.e. the voluntary delay of intended exercise) represents a novel, reasoned route to self-regulatory failure in physical activity. This study sought to develop and evaluate a scale to measure exercise procrastination and assess its relationship with self-reported physical activity. Two surveys were administered to community samples (nā€‰=ā€‰270, 279). In both samples, the Procrastination in Exercise Scale was positively correlated with general procrastination and predicted lower physical activity after controlling for intentions and general procrastination. Exercise procrastination appears to be a common phenomenon, and better understanding its role in physical activity may lead to novel intervention approaches.


Scout M Kelly, Hayley R Walton. I'll work out tomorrow": The Procrastination in Exercise Scale. Journal of health psychology. 2021 Nov;26(13):2613-2625

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PMID: 32459106

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