Exercise Modality Choices One Year After Intervention in Previously Inactive Older Men and Women

in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
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A convenience sample of 176 healthy, community-dwelling, inactive older adults (mean age 70 ± 5 years; 62 males, 114 females) were tracked for one year. The purpose was to describe the exercise modality choices older adults make one year following participation in an exercise and education intervention. Telephone follow-up contacted 137 participants (78%, men = 50, women = 87) and 62% of the men and 69% of the women reported to be “currently exercising.” Exercising independently was the most common type of exercise reported by 81% and 64% of men and women, respectively. Walking was the most commonly reported modality by both genders. The setting of exercise was most often reported to be at home or outside for both men and women. The main reason for continued participation at 12 months was for overall health (50% of men and 40% of women). Little variation was observed for exercise modality choice. Future interventions should consider a variety of exercise and physical activity opportunities for older adults.

Stathokostas is with the School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University, London, ON, Canada. Jones is with the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Development, University of British Columbia—Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Liza Stathokostas at lstatho2@uwo.ca.
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