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Socioepidemiologic and Health-Related Correlates of Walking for Exercise among the Elderly: Results from the Longitudinal Study of Aging

Robert H. Friis, Wendy L. Nomura, Christine X. Ma, and James H. Swan

Walking for exercise might counteract the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. We examined the demographic and health-related predictors of walking 1 mile per week or more among the elderly. Data were from the 1984 Longitudinal Study of Aging. Participants were 7,527 adults age 70 years or older. Demographic factors related to walking were younger age, college-level education, being unmarried, and higher income. Health-related variables associated with walking included positive self-perception of health, internal health locus of control, and absence of activity limitations. The prevalence of regular walking for exercise was low in the study population (38% and 26% for men and women, respectively). Interventions that increase the internal health locus of control might be effective in increasing walking among the elderly.

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Exercise and Health Anxiety in Older Women: Exploring the Mediating Role of Anxiety Sensitivity

Kyoungsil Nah and Janine V. Olthuis

.cpr.2013.08.010 Frazier , L.D. , & Waid , L.D. ( 1999 ). Influences on anxiety in later life: The role of health status, health perceptions, and health locus of control . Aging & Mental Health, 3 ( 3 ), 213 – 220 Gandek , B. , Sinclair , S.J. , Kosinski