Strength-training behavior and perceived environment among Japanese older adults

J Aging Phys Act. 2011 Jul;19(3):262-72. doi: 10.1123/japa.19.3.262.


The authors examined the relationship between strength-training behavior and perceived environment in older Japanese adults. An Internet-based survey was conducted of 293 adults age 68.2 ± 2.8 yr. The dependent variable was regular strength-training behavior. The IPAQ environment module, access to facilities for strength training, and home equipment for strength training were environmental factors. Logistic-regression analysis was employed. After demographic variables (gender, age, educational background, household income, body-mass index, self-rated health status, smoking habit, and residential area) were adjusted for, home equipment for strength training (OR = 2.14, 95% CI = 1.50-3.06), access to facilities for strength training (OR = 2.53, 95% CI = 1.32-4.85), and observing active people (OR = 2.20, 95% CI = 1.06-4.58) were positively correlated with regular strength-training behavior. In conclusion, environmental factors associated with strength-training behavior were access to facilities for strength training, having home equipment for strength training, and observing active people.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Architectural Accessibility*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Environment
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Resistance Training / instrumentation*
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Social Environment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sports Equipment*