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dc.contributor.authorGrant, Bevan C.
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-04T02:54:47Z
dc.date.available2013-12-04T02:54:47Z
dc.date.copyright2008-11
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.citationGrant, B. C. (2008). An insider's view on physical activity in later life. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9(6), 817-829.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/8285
dc.description.abstractObjectives The purpose of this study was to explore the meanings people over 70 years of age attribute to their experience when endeavouring to engage in a more physically active lifestyle. Method Drawing on the tenets of phenomenology meant the empiricism of the study was grounded in the everyday details and social context of the lived experience. Seventeen women and nine men participated in interviews that were audio recorded then analysed using a process of inductive analysis and constant comparison. This process resulted in the emergence of four themes that are used to elucidate the essence of the participants’ experiences. Results Within 2 months of seeking advice about an exercise programme the majority of participants were unable to persevere with any commitment or regularity to their proposed lifestyle change. The reasons for this were numerous and varied. Rather than getting caught up in the pursuit of what might be termed optimal health, most participants held a belief that for their older body to maintain a good level of functional ability, it must be a busy body. This highlights a difference between the scientific meaning, and the socially and culturally constructed meanings with regards to what levels physical activity are necessary for good health in later life. Conclusion The knowledge, beliefs and attitudes older people have regarding the importance of physical activity in later life do not necessarily mean leading an active lifestyle. Furthermore, it is evident there are variety of perspectives with regards to how the concept of optimum health permeates the way we have come to define physical activity and health-related fitness in later life.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherElsevieren_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofPsychology of Sport and Exercise
dc.relation.urihttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1469029208000046en_NZ
dc.subjectactive ageingen_NZ
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_NZ
dc.subjectbehaviour changeen_NZ
dc.subjectlifestyleen_NZ
dc.subjectmeanings of exerciseen_NZ
dc.titleAn insider's view on physical activity in later lifeen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.psychsport.2008.01.003en_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfPsychology of Sport and Exerciseen_NZ
pubs.begin-page817en_NZ
pubs.elements-id33158
pubs.end-page829en_NZ
pubs.issue6en_NZ
pubs.volume9en_NZ


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