Age differences in the motivating factors for exercise

PG Campbell, D MacAuley, E McCrum, A Evans

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    Different people exercise for different reasons. Older persons may have different priorities than younger ones and thus are motivated to exercise by different factors. Given the changing demographics with an increasing proportion of older adults in the general population, it is important that we do not overlook this cohort when designing health promotion and illness prevention programs. Motivating factors for physical activity were recorded by participants (N = 916) in the Northern Ireland Health and Activity Survey (1994) using an extensive computerized interview. In 10 of the 13 motivating factors for exercise studied, there were significant differences between age groups on the importance of personal goals and the perceived efficacy of exercise in achieving these goals. This has implications for exercise promotion programs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-199
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Sept 2001


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