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Long-term adherence to exercise: the relationship with functional fitness and personal motivation among community-dwelling independent-living older women

By Philipe de Souto BarretoI and Jose Carlos Jaenes Sanchez


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study were to examine the relationships between functional fitness, self-esteem, aesthetic body care and long-term adherence to dance, and to identify other characteristics related to dance adherence in the elderly. METHODS: Seventeen women, aged 59-86 years-old, who practised a type of dance labeled "bodily expression". RESULTS: Functional fitness was correlated to dance adherence and was the only factor related to this variable in a linear regression analysis. Self-esteem and aesthetic body care seemed to play an indirect role on adherence. Functional fitness, specially upper-body flexibility and lower-body muscular function, and interest in dance (qualitative data) were related to long-term adherence to dance. CONCLUSIONS: Functional fitness and interest in exercising were the main aspects related to participants' long-term adherence to dance

Topics: Danza, mayores, adhesión al ejercicio, capacidad física funcional, Sports, GV557-1198.995, Recreation. Leisure, GV1-1860, Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G
Publisher: Colégio Brasileiro de Ciências do Esporte
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1590/S0101-32892011000100013
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:2d4996f653ac4df485c62804a133f185
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