Attitude changes on physical fitness after completing a fitness walking class


The purpose of this study was to determine if student's attitudes and/or walking performance changed after taking a fitness walking class. Sixty-three college students enrolled in fitness walking classes, participated in this project. Subjects completed the one-mile walk as part of their fitness walking class on a pre/post basis. In addition, subjects completed the Attitude Subscale of the Wellness Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior Instrument (Dinger, 1994). A one-group pre-test post-test design was used to analyze the data. The Two-Way ANOVA revealed there was not a significant change in the students attitude (p = .6457) but there was a significant change in time (p= .0001). Also, there was a significant interaction between the subject's attitude and an improved time on the one-mile walk test (p = .0023). Subjects pre-tested with a "good attitude" classification on the attitude questionnaire. Although attitude did not rise to the excellent classification after taking the fitness class it did improve, however not significantly. Over the course of the semester the subjects walking performance times improved, yet they still fell into the poor fitness category. The significant interaction revealed that as the subject's walking times improved, their attitude improved as well.School of Physical EducationThesis (M.A.

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This paper was published in Cardinal Scholar.

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