Exploring the need for novelty in bariatric patients' life and in an exercise setting: A qualitative study
ISPAH ePoster Library. Romero Elias M. Oct 15, 2018; 225205; 204
Ms. Maria Romero Elias
Ms. Maria Romero Elias
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The need for novelty has recently been proposed as a candidate basic psychological need within self-determination theory. The aim of this qualitative study was to throw more light on this issue, by exploring the perceived importance that bariatric patients gave to novelty in general life and in a physical activity programme in which they participated, which included novelty support strategies. Method: Participants were 10 people (nine women) aged between 31 and 59 years (M = 45.90, SD = 9.25) who had lived with morbid obesity and who had undergone bariatric surgery. Qualitative data about the importance of novelty in their life and in the physical activity programme were collected through observation and semi-structured interviews. Results:<\b>
Participants described the important role of novelty in life to break the routine and avoid boredom, lack of interest, depression and withdrawal from activities. Regarding the physical activity programme, they highlighted the presence of novel activities (e.g., games, aquagym, indoor cycling, dance, body expression, core-training, trekking, circuits with quotidian materials such as full bottles to improve strength) was related to knowledge acquisition, enjoyment, variety and curiosity. Participants indicated that novelty was a key element for the success of the programme because only a traditional intervention with machines for endurance and strength training would be boring for them. Conclusion:<\b>
This research has shown that novelty need is present in the life of bariatric surgery patients, and its satisfaction could be related to different positive outcomes and wellbeing in life and in an exercise context.
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