Title

Factors influencing physical activity participation among older people with low activity levels

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Ageing and Society

ISSN

0144686X

Volume

40

Issue

12

First Page

2593

Last Page

2613

Publisher

Cambridge University press

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

31384

Funders

Australian Research Council

Grant Number

ARC Number: DP140100365

Grant Link

http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140100365

Comments

Rai, R., Jongenelis, M. I., Jackson, B., Newton, R. U., & Pettigrew, S. (2020). Factors influencing physical activity participation among older people with low activity levels. Ageing & Society, 40(12), 2593-2613. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X1900076X

Abstract

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2019. Despite the well-documented health benefits of physical activity in older adults, participation levels remain low. With rapid global population ageing, intensive efforts are needed to encourage higher levels of participation to ameliorate the negative effects of physical inactivity for older individuals and society as a whole. The aim of this qualitative study was to inform future physical activity promotion interventions by examining factors contributing to low activity levels among older people undertaking less than half the recommended level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 102 (65% female) community-dwelling Western Australians aged 60+ years (mean = 71.52, standard deviation = 6.26) who engaged in ⩽ 75 minutes of MVPA per week as measured by accelerometers. Several modifiable and unmodifiable barriers were identified, of which poor health featured most prominently. Lifetime physical inactivity, caring duties, low motivation, misperceptions of physical activity and ageing, and a lack of affordable and attractive options were the other barriers identified. The results suggest that strategies are needed to raise awareness of current physical activity guidelines, normalise engagement in MVPA throughout the lifespan, develop initiatives to motivate participation, improve the availability of affordable physical activity programmes that are attractive to this population segment, and facilitate participation among those with intensive caring responsibilities.

DOI

10.1017/S0144686X1900076X

Research Themes

Health

Priority Areas

Exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and other interventions for optimal health across the lifespan

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