Non-Participation: How Age Influences Inactive Women's Views of Exercise

Milne, M. and Divine, A. and Hall, C. and Gregg, M. and Hardy, J. (2014) Non-Participation: How Age Influences Inactive Women's Views of Exercise. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 19 (3). pp. 171-191. DOI: 10.1111/jabr.12024

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Physical activity studies have often excluded women, resulting in limited information regarding the influences on women's non-participation. The present study aimed to explore the exercise views and cognitions of inactive adult women. Forty women aged 25�75 took part in the focus groups. Themes that emerged from the interviews included merits of exercise, thoughts and feelings, knowledge, barriers, and strategies. Results indicated that inactivity is due to a variety of culminating factors; health-promotion strategies need to specifically target different age groups. These strategies include increasing awareness of the social and psychological benefits of exercise, exercise as a supplement to activities of daily living, changing the perception of what constitutes exercise, and representing exercisers as a variety of ages and body shapes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 03:31
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:54
ISSN: 1071-2089
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3405
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1111/jabr.12024
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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