Processes associated with participation and adherence to a 12-month exercise programme for adults aged 70 and older

J Health Psychol. 2010 Sep;15(6):838-47. doi: 10.1177/1359105309357090. Epub 2010 May 7.


This study investigated the processes associated with the engagement of adults aged 70 years and older in a 12-month long research-based structured exercise programme. A sample of 21 participants (Mean age (SD) 75.8 (3.9); 14 females) and six exercise class leaders or researchers involved in the programme participated in individual semi-structured interviews. Transcripts were analysed with the principles of interpretive qualitative analysis. Our findings suggest that a programme that runs locally, provides individual attention/tailoring, delivers meaningful benefits, offers a staged approach to efficacy building, creates a sense of ownership, and provides intergenerational support and opportunities for social interaction, facilitates exercise engagement in later life.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Trust
  • United Kingdom