The Relationship Between Participation in Physical Activity and Work Ethic in College Students




Timco, Lauren Jo

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This study examines the possibility of a relationship between work ethic and physical activity. The researcher administered surveys to college students at Texas State University-San Marcos which measured level of physical activity and work ethic. There have been many studies showing similarities between physical activity and work ethic such as physical, emotional and psychological benefits of physical activity that can carry over into the workplace to improve productivity of employees (Wang & Biddle, 2001). Self-Determination Theory states that people are more motivated to participate in the same activity again if they are intrinsically motivated by their performance than through extrinsic benefits (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Gagne & Deci, 2005). This study explores these similarities and the relationship between participation physical activity and work ethic.



work ethic, physical activity, labor productivity, exercise


Timco, L. J. (2010). The relationship between participation in physical activity and work ethic in college students (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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