Predictors of Exercise in Midline and Older Women Based on the Health Promotion Model

in Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
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The primary objective of this study was to explore selected variables from the Health Promotion Model to determine their impact on the exercise behavior of women ages 40 and older. The secondary objective was to compare variables in women who exercise and those who do not. A convenience sample of 893 female employees from one large university in the mid-Atlantic region and its surrounding community participated. Participants completed a brief demographic questionnaire and the Exercise Benefits and Barriers Scale (EBBS). Walking was the preferred form of exercise for 50.1 % of women. Those who preferred walking perceived fewer benefits and barriers to exercising. Significant predictors of engagement in the preferred form of exercise were perceived benefits, perceived barriers, and walking as a

Marlene Adams, Ph.D. School of Nursing University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716 E-mail: madams@udel.edu Phone: (302)831-8394

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