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dc.contributor.authorRossing, Hilde
dc.contributor.authorJones, Robyn
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-05T14:33:32Z
dc.date.available2017-05-05T14:33:32Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationRossing, H. and Jones, R.L. (2015) '‘Stepping away from the computer and into the sweats’: the construction and negotiation of exercise identities in a Norwegian public company', Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7(1), pp.37-52en_US
dc.identifier.issn2159-676X
dc.identifier.issn2159-6778 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/8443
dc.descriptionThis article was published in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health on 3 September 2013 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2013.830982en_US
dc.description.abstractWhile research has found that a developed exercise identity enables individuals to view exercise participation as self- reinforcing, the social barriers to such exercise identity development and participation have not been fully addressed. The subsequent aim of this study was to explore some of the social complexities at play in terms of how company employees construct and manage their exercise identities within a work place setting. A case-study method was used to address the research issue over a nine-month period. The case to be studied included a sample of 72 employees from a Norwegian public company who participated in an on-going work-based exercise programme called ‘Exercise for all’. The principal means of data collection comprised participant observation, individual interviews and exercise logbooks. The data were subject to inductive analysis. The primary barriers to exercise participation included high levels of social comparison in a competitive working context, particularly in relation to ‘competent colleagues’, and feelings of guilt associated with partaking in ‘recreational’ activities during work hours. Strategies engaged with to overcome and negotiate such obstacles included justifying participation through a health-related discourse, and constructing a more distinct ‘worker-exerciser’ identity.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesQualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health;
dc.subjectcase study; exercise; group- based physical activity; identity; workplaceen_US
dc.title‘Stepping away from the computer and into the sweats': The construction and negotiation of exercise identities in a Norwegian public companyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2013.830982
dcterms.dateAccepted2013-07-30
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2017-05-05
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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