How Do Non-Exercisers Become Exercisers?

An exploration using grounded theory method of how non-exercisers become regular exercisers.

I’m currently looking for people who have been exercising regularly for at least a year, having not exercised regularly for at least several years before. This is to take part in a study which involves me investigating how people engage, or don’t engage, with exercise. 

I am doing this study to find out more about the reasons underlying why people sometimes do and sometimes don’t exercise regularly, and how they switch from not exercising to becoming a regular exerciser and vice versa. 

There are some theories, but these have been found to have limitations, and this area needs further development to improve our understanding of exercise engagement. 

Taking part involves being interviewed over the phone. The interview would last around 30 minutes to an hour. I am interested in your thoughts and opinions on the subject, and how they relate to your own experiences, and the interview would be non-judgemental. 

Later in the study, I would email you some provisional findings from the interviews which you would be able to comment on if you wished. You would be able to withdraw at any time. 

This project has had ethical approval from the Faculty Research Ethics Committee of Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London’s Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. 

It’s usual to circulate findings as articles in academic journals, or in presentations at conferences, or in other publications. If your data were included and your words were quoted, you would be referred to using a pseudonym, and care would be taken to make sure you as an individual could not be identified from the findings that were circulated. 

All information I would gain from you would be maintained in a strictly confidential manner. The only person who would have access to the information would be me (Dr. Rachel Hallett, the researcher) and my manager, Professor Mike Hurley. 

If you think you might like to take part, please contact me at, and I will email you fuller information about the study.