Attitudes and beliefs to the uptake and maintenance of physical activity among community-dwelling South Asians aged 60-70 years: A qualitative study

M. Horne, D. A. Skelton, S. Speed, C. Todd

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To identify the attitudes and beliefs associated with the uptake and adherence of physical activity among community-dwelling South Asians aged 60-70 years. Study design: A qualitative research study using an ethnographic approach. Methods: Focus groups and in-depth interviews were conducted to explore motivational factors associated with initiating and maintaining physical activity. Data analysis followed the framework approach. Results: Health, maintaining independence and social support were important in terms of initiating physical activity. Social support, psychosocial elements of activity, health and integrating physical activity within everyday activities were important for adherence to physical activity. The need for gendered physical activity sessions was important to initiating exercise among Muslim South Asians aged 60-70 years. Conclusion: Promoting active lifestyles and building physical activity in and around day-to-day activities are important strategies in increasing activity levels. However, the needs for culturally appropriate facilities, peer mentors who could assist those with language barriers, specific tailored advice, advice on integrating physical activity in everyday life and general social support could promote uptake and subsequent adherence among this population group. © 2012 The Royal Society for Public Health.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)417-423
    Number of pages6
    JournalPublic Health
    Volume126
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012

    Keywords

    • Adherence
    • Exercise
    • Older adults
    • Physical activity
    • South asian
    • Uptake

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