Exercise in later life: The older adults' perspective about resistance training

Henwood, Tim, Tuckett, Anthony, Edelstein, Offer and Bartlett, Helen (2011) Exercise in later life: The older adults' perspective about resistance training. Ageing and Society, 31 8: 1330-1349. doi:10.1017/S0144686X10001406

Author Henwood, Tim
Tuckett, Anthony
Edelstein, Offer
Bartlett, Helen
Title Exercise in later life: The older adults' perspective about resistance training
Journal name Ageing and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-686X
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0144686X10001406
Volume 31
Issue 8
Start page 1330
End page 1349
Total pages 20
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract For older adults, exercise that challenges the muscular system, commonly referred to as resistance training, has significant physical, psychometrical and functional benefits. While well recognised by the scientific community, the translation of these benefits into practice has received little attention. Particularly neglected is an understanding of the personal experiences, motivation towards and adherence to resistance training recommendations among older adults. This paper investigated the benefits older individuals attribute to resistance training and the motivational tactics they employed to undertake it. Data were drawn from three focus groups where participants (o65 years ; presently, previously or wanting to become involved in a resistance training intervention) were encouraged to openly discuss resistance training, physical activity and exercise. Findings revealed that participants were aware of the benefits of training on general and functional health, and that these benefits were employed in the motivation to train. In addition, presently or previously trained individuals stress the importance of environment and programme structure as a training motivator. The benefits to mental and social health, effect on ageing and body image were also raised. However, participants discussed these in a broad context. While it could be said that public knowledge reflects current evidence, it is also clear that individuals are still unaware of a number of specific benefits.
Keyword Resistance training
Physical activity
Functional ability
Older adult
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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