Changes in affect and future exercise intentions as a result of exposure to a regular exercise programme using the Wii-Fit

Joanne Cummings, Elaine Duncan

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This research study had two aims, firstly, to track changes in affect and secondly to explore intentions to exercise as a result of regular exposure to programmed exercise. Seven sedentary women used a Wii Fit for eight 30-minute sessions across three to five weeks. On-going measurements of affect were plotted on the circumplex model. On average everyone moved towards a positive valence pre- to post-exercise but fluctuations in valence were evident during exercise sessions. Thematic analysis of future exercise intentions found that five participants intended to change their exercise behaviour but at a four-week follow-up only two had changed. In conclusion, exercise using the Wii Fit appears to have a differential impact upon affect and an eight session programmed use of the Wii Fit was not enough to increase the likelihood of exercise uptake in this sample of sedentary women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-41
Number of pages10
JournalSport and Exercise Psychology Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2010


  • Wii Fit
  • exercise
  • exercise intentions
  • regular exercise

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