Processes associated with participation and adherence to a 12-month exercise programme for adults aged 70 and older

Afroditi Stathi, J McKenna, K R Fox

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Abstract

This study investigated the processes associated with the engagement of adults aged 70 years and older in a 12-month long research-based structured exercise programme. A sample of 21 participants (Mean age (SD) 75.8 (3.9); 14 females) and six exercise class leaders or researchers involved in the programme participated in individual semi-structured interviews. Transcripts were analysed with the principles of interpretive qualitative analysis. Our findings suggest that a programme that runs locally, provides individual attention/tailoring, delivers meaningful benefits, offers a staged approach to efficacy building, creates a sense of ownership, and provides intergenerational support and opportunities for social interaction, facilitates exercise engagement in later life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-847
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • empowerment
  • environment
  • commitment
  • maintenance
  • activity
  • qualitative

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