Sociodemographic factors associated with self-reported exercise and physical activity behaviors and attitudes of South Australians: Results of a population-based survey

Susan Thomas, Julie Halbert, Shylie Mackintosh, Stephen Quinn, Maria Crotty

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    Abstract

    Objective: To determine self-reported physical activity barriers, behaviors, and beliefs about exercise of a representative sample and to identify associated sociodemographic factors. Method: Face-to-face interviews conducted between September and December 2008, using a random stratified sampling technique. Results: Barriers injury and illness were associated with being older, single, and not engaged in full-time work; lack of time was associated with being married, younger, female, and working full-time; and lack of motivation and cost were associated with being younger than 65 years. Advancing age was significantly associated (p <.001) with reduced physical activity. Factors including age, education, marital status, and area of residence were all associated with preferences for environment to exercise in, while all age groups (74%) felt that walking was the most important type of exercise for older adults. Discussion Barriers to physical activity participation are multifaceted with different sociodemographic factors associated with different barriers. A better understanding of these factors may improve uptake of and adherence to exercise programs across the ages.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287-306
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Aging and Health
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

    Keywords

    • aged
    • behavior
    • exercise
    • physical activity

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