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This is a Bryant University Honors Thesis studying the relationship between motivation and locus of control in regard to exercise adherence.

First Faculty Advisor

Michael Roberto

Second Faculty Advisor

Sukki Yoon


motivation; locus of control for exercise adherence

Rights Management



This paper will examine factors attributed to exercise adherence, and what relationships exist between motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic), locus of control (internal and external) and adherence. The purpose of this study is to determine what combination of motivation and locus of control is the best predictor of exercise adherence. The hypothesis states that an individual who is intrinsically motivated and has an internal locus of control will be most likely to maintain exercise behavior over an extended period. Existing literature has shown that both intrinsic sources of motivation and an internal locus of control are related to adherence in other activities, such as smoking cessation, but there is a need to examine this relationship in regard to exercise behaviors, as well as their level of predictability of long-term adherence. Additionally, this study will discuss implications of the findings, as well as how they can be applied to the entrepreneurial business world.