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Older women and their participation in exercise and leisure-time physical activity: the double edged sword of work

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Publication date

2015

Summary

This study explores the complex relationship between paid work and
participation in exercise and leisure-time physical activity among older
women. The role of other factors that enable, motivate and constrain
physical activity is also investigated. National context is explored
using British Household Panel Survey data. Interviews with key
stakeholders and women in their fifties, sixties and seventies explore
individual motivation and decision-making in depth. The research
enhances understanding of the relationship between employment and
participation in physical activity among older women by highlighting
positive as well as negative interactions. However, the overall
relationship appears to be dominated by the negative constraints on time
imposed by employment. Confounding factors include level and type of
activity, type of employment, age and health. Psychological, social,
environmental and economic factors are also important. These findings
have implications for the development of effective interventions within
the context of an extending working lives policy agenda.

Published in

Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics

Volume and page numbers

18 , 42 -60

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2014.919261

ISSN

16

Subjects

Older People, Labour Market, Health, and Sport

Notes

Open Access article

#522582


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