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Older women’s personal goals and exercise activity: an 8-Year follow-up

Saajanaho, Milla, Viljanen, Anne, Read, Sanna, Rantakokko, Merja, Tsai, Li-Tang, Kaprio, Jaakko, Jylhä, Marja and Rantanen, Taina (2014) Older women’s personal goals and exercise activity: an 8-Year follow-up. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 22 (3). pp. 386-392. ISSN 1063-8652

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Identification Number: 10.1123/JAPA.2012-0339


This study investigated the associations of personal goals with exercise activity, as well as the relationships between exercise-related and other personal goals, among older women. Both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs were used with a sample of 308 women ages 66–79 at baseline. Women who reported exercise-related personal goals were 4 times as likely to report high exercise activity at baseline than those who did not report exercise-related goals. Longitudinal results were parallel. Goals related to cultural activities, as well as to busying oneself around the home, coincided with exercise-related goals, whereas goals related to own and other people’s health and independent living lowered the odds of having exercise-related goals. Helping older adults to set realistic exercise-related goals that are compatible with their other life goals may yield an increase in their exercise activity, but this should be evaluated in a controlled trial.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 Human Kinetics Publishers
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2017 11:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:58

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