Researchers in Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are working with Cancer Research UK to develop a range of materials to support women who take part in Race for Life events.
Previous studies have shown that those who take part in an active charity event, such as a fundraising walk, can become inspired to exercise more regularly afterwards.
Dr Clare Stevinson, lead researcher of the project, commented: “We know from previous research that Race for Life participants often have a huge sense of achievement after completing the challenge of a 5K walk or run, and feel motivated to continue exercising.
“However, it can be difficult to translate that motivation into a sustained pattern of behaviour. This study will be following a six-step process to develop materials and strategies that will support women in that goal.”
If you are planning to take part in a Race for Life event this summer, or have previously participated in one of the 2017 or 2016 challenges, you can contribute to the project in one of two ways:
- Take part in a telephone interview (arranged at your convenience) about your motivation for exercise in relation to Race for Life
- Or provide feedback on the materials developed to help support those who have tried to maintain a healthy level of exercise after a Race for Life event
If you are interested in participating in the study, you can find out more information here.