Title

Exploring factors associated with physical activity in older adults: An ecological approach

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

ISSN

1543-267X

Volume

27

Issue

3

First Page

343

Last Page

353

PubMed ID

30160580

Publisher

Human Kinetics

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Comments

Originally published as: Rai, R., Jongenelis, M. I., Jackson, B., Newton, R. U., & Pettigrew, S. (2019). Exploring Factors Associated With Physical Activity in Older Adults: An Ecological Approach. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27(3), 343-353. Original publication available here

Abstract

According to ecological models of behavior, the physical environment can influence physical activity engagement by a series of mediating and moderating processes. This study tested such a model to identify factors relevant to older adults' engagement in moderate-vigorous physical activity. Sociodemographic, psychological, physical, and environmental factors were assessed in 432 Western Australians aged 60 and older. Moderate-vigorous physical activity was measured objectively using accelerometers. No environmental variables were related to engagement in moderate-vigorous physical activity either directly or indirectly. However, various individual-level factors were significant, indicating that these may be more important than environmental factors in locations such as Australia that have generally conducive environments and ambient conditions.

DOI

10.1123/japa.2018-0148

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