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

A Stathi, KR Fox, J McKenna

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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 semistructured 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.
    Translated title of the contributionProcesses associated with participation and adherence to a 12-month exercise programme for adults aged 70 and older
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)838 - 847
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume15 (6)
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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    Publisher: Sage

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