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"Not ready to throw in the towel": perceptions of physical activity held by older adults in Stockholm and Dublin.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Laboratory for Biomechanics and Motor Control.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, ISSN 1063-8652, Vol. 18, no 2, 219-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this qualitative study was to explore and describe the perceptions of physical activity held by older urban Swedish and Irish adults. Qualitative interviews were carried out with 30 people age 65 years and older (mean age 74.5), of whom 15 were living in Dublin and 15 were living in Stockholm. The "thematic framework" approach was used to analyze the data. Three central themes were identified regarding people's perceptions of physical activity: physical activity as self-expression, physical activity as interaction, and physical activity as health promotion. Participants' perceptions of physical activity tended to relate to their perceived level of physical activity, regardless of their cultural background. Certain culture-specific motivators and barriers to exercise were also identified. Less active Irish men were more likely to underestimate the health-promoting benefits of exercise.

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2010. Vol. 18, no 2, 219-36 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-1630PubMedID: 20440032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-1630DiVA: diva2:377341
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-14 Last updated: 2011-05-11Bibliographically approved

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