Goal Setting for Exercise and Physical Activity Podcast

Goal Setting for Exercise and Physical Activity Podcast

Goal Setting for Exercise and Physical Activity Podcast

This podcast aims to provide ESSA members with an overview of recent developments in goal-setting, and discuss their implications for prescribing exercise and promoting physical activity. Specifically, this podcast will: 

(1) summarise key changes in theory and evidence on goal-setting; 
(2) explain why there have been calls to reconsider best practice in goal-setting for physical activity promotion;
(3) highlight potential risks and adverse effects of setting goals inappropriately; 
(4) consider which type of goal works best, when, and for whom; and 
(5) discuss practical considerations for delivering more evidence-based and more effective goal-setting

This is a recording of an ESSA webinar presented on 28 September 2022. 

Presented by Associate Professor Christian Swann, Bsc (hons), PhD, SFHEA

Christian Swann is an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University. He completed his PhD in 2013 at University of Lincoln, UK where he subsequently worked for 3 years as a Lecturer in Sport Psychology. He moved to University of Wollongong in 2015 as a Research Fellow, and then joined Southern Cross University in 2018 where he held the role of Chair of Discipline for the Human Sciences from 2020-2022. His program of research focuses on the use of goal-setting in physical activity promotion, the promotion of mental health, and the psychology of exceptional performance. His current projects include the $3.66 million Regional Australia Mental Health Research and Training Institute, and an ARC Discovery Project to develop mental health guidelines for community sport in Australia. 


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Target Audience

Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2.


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