Older Adults Who Enjoy Exercise Are Most Active

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Dec 18, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Helping your clients to discover what physical activities they like best may be an important key to helping them stay active. Older adults who enjoy exercise the most are the most active, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health Behaviors (2008; 32 [6]; 570–82).

Researchers sought to determine the motives that differentiate people who are inactive, those who are active and those who are truly consistent exercisers. They recruited 645 adults with a median age of 63 years to complete stages of change and exercise motivation inventory forms.

Six factors emerged as most important in motivating activity: health and fitness; social and emotional benefits; weight management; stress management; enjoyment; and appearance. Among [older adults] who were the most consistently active, the single most differentiating factor was enjoyment. Motivation may vary with age; this study focused on older adults.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.