There is growing international consensus on the importance of leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) for addressing contemporary health and environmental challenges. Examples include psychological ill-health prevention and management (in counselling), improving employee work performance and a prolonged working life (in management) and reducing greenhouse emissions (environmental policy). However, there are widespread concerns about physical inactivity. Despite considerable interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the why and how of LTPA (as a springboard for improved physical activity promotion strategies), there is surprisingly little known about thoughts and actions performed.
Paper presented at 'Counselling and management in a contemporary context', the 1st Annual Conference of the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 21 November 2008