Perceived Barriers to Physical Activity among Adult Lesbians

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
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Despite the health benefits derived from regular participation in moderate physical activity, the majority of adult lesbians are not physically active. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between moderate physical activity and the perceived presence and extent of limitation of 30 general and 10 lesbian-specific barriers. The participants were 516 self-identified adult lesbians who completed a web-based survey. Compared to physically active participants, participants who were insufficiently active reported more general barriers and a significantly higher extent of limitation of general and lesbian-specific barriers overall. Insufficiently active participants also differed in the perceived presence of one of the five most frequently experienced barriers and in the extent of limitation of three of those five barriers. The study’s findings suggest that the impact of barriers may be alleviated through the use of appropriately tailored strategies to help lesbians cope with them. Future research should further examine whether lesbians experience additional population-specific barriers.

Danielle R. Brittain, PhD 1401 Asp Avenue Department of Health and Exercise Science University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019 Email: dbrittain@ou.edu Phone: 405-325-9028 Fax: 405-325-0594