Physical activity and sedentary behavior: a population-based study of barriers, enjoyment, and preference

Health Psychol. 2003 Mar;22(2):178-88. doi: 10.1037//0278-6133.22.2.178.


The associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with barriers, enjoyment, and preferences were examined in a population-based mail survey of 1,332 adults. Respondents reporting high enjoyment and preference for physical activity were more likely to report high levels of activity. Those reporting cost, the weather, and personal barriers to physical activity were less likely to be physically active. Preference for sedentary behavior was associated with the decreased likelihood of being physically active, and the weather a barrier to physical activity was associated with the increased likelihood of sedentary behavior. These constructs can be used to examine individual and environmental influences on physical activity and sedentary behavior in specific populations and could inform the development of targeted interventions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude*
  • Choice Behavior*
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motor Activity*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Reinforcement, Psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires