Lovell G.P., Gordon J.A.R., Mueller M.B., Mulgrew K. & Sharman R. (2015). Satisfaction of basic psychological needs, self-determined exercise motivation, and psychological well-being in mothers exercising in group-based versus individual-based contexts. Health Care for Women International, August 2015.
Motherhood is a complex and often a challenging transition period for women including hormonal changes, social changes including increased social isolation, loss of identity, actual and perceived negative changes in body image, role overload, weight retention, changes in sleep patterns, fatigue, and variation of daily routine. With these challenges and changing roles, depression during and after pregnancy is a major issue. While exercise is often lauded as an effective tool for enhancing psychological well-being and reducing the psychosocial impact of challenges faced by mothers, the mechanisms by which exercise helps and how to supports mothers’ motivation to exercise is not well understood. Our research into how mothers’ exercise contexts relate to their motivation to exercise, as well as psychological outcomes, was with the intention that our findings would help practitioners better design exercise programs to more successful facilitate exercise adherence and ameliorate the challenges of motherhood