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Article: Patterns of physical exercise and contributing factors among Hong Kong older adults

TitlePatterns of physical exercise and contributing factors among Hong Kong older adults
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.org
Citation
Hong Kong Medical Journal, 2007, v. 13 n. 4 Suppl 4, p. S7-S12 How to Cite?
AbstractKey Messages 1. Studies suggest that regular physical activity and exercise offer a significant opportunity to enhance years of active independent life for older individuals. However, the majority of local respondents have a relatively sedentary lifestyle and were not getting adequate physical activity and exercise, though many recognised the health benefits of being active. 2. Compared with their relatively active American counterparts, in terms of strength, flexibility and agility, the respondents of this study fared unfavourably, with mean values in the 20-30 percentile score or lower. 3. More than 80% of elderly adults regularly participated in sports activities, the majority of whom engaged in only a low-to-moderate level of physical exercise mainly due to limited choices and time allocation for such activity. Nearly 17% of the respondents engaged in walking as a leisure activity; a substantial proportion included completion of their household activities (shopping, visiting friends) in what they termed ‘walking’. As walking confers many health benefits, its promotion in the immediate environments of the elderly is practical and undoubtedly health enhancing. 4. Findings suggested that cognitive-perceptual factors, ie perceived ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of doing exercise, selfefficacy of exercise, stages of change and perceived barriers to exercise were all influential variables contributing to engagement in sports activity. Longitudinal studies are needed to understand the causal and temporal relations between these variables. 5. Health promotion programmes to educate older adults about the benefits of engaging in physical activity with respect to their self-efficacy are crucial. Education can enhance individual’s knowledge and/or awareness concerning the health benefits of physical activity and exercise. Those who are deprived and less educated should receive more attention from policymakers and service providers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57373
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.887
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279

 

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dc.contributor.authorCheng, YHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChou, KLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMacfarlane, DJen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChi, Ien_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:34:32Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:34:32Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Medical Journal, 2007, v. 13 n. 4 Suppl 4, p. S7-S12en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1024-2708en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57373-
dc.description.abstractKey Messages 1. Studies suggest that regular physical activity and exercise offer a significant opportunity to enhance years of active independent life for older individuals. However, the majority of local respondents have a relatively sedentary lifestyle and were not getting adequate physical activity and exercise, though many recognised the health benefits of being active. 2. Compared with their relatively active American counterparts, in terms of strength, flexibility and agility, the respondents of this study fared unfavourably, with mean values in the 20-30 percentile score or lower. 3. More than 80% of elderly adults regularly participated in sports activities, the majority of whom engaged in only a low-to-moderate level of physical exercise mainly due to limited choices and time allocation for such activity. Nearly 17% of the respondents engaged in walking as a leisure activity; a substantial proportion included completion of their household activities (shopping, visiting friends) in what they termed ‘walking’. As walking confers many health benefits, its promotion in the immediate environments of the elderly is practical and undoubtedly health enhancing. 4. Findings suggested that cognitive-perceptual factors, ie perceived ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of doing exercise, selfefficacy of exercise, stages of change and perceived barriers to exercise were all influential variables contributing to engagement in sports activity. Longitudinal studies are needed to understand the causal and temporal relations between these variables. 5. Health promotion programmes to educate older adults about the benefits of engaging in physical activity with respect to their self-efficacy are crucial. Education can enhance individual’s knowledge and/or awareness concerning the health benefits of physical activity and exercise. Those who are deprived and less educated should receive more attention from policymakers and service providers.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong Medical Association. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkmj.orgen_HK
dc.rightsHong Kong Medical Journal. Copyright © Hong Kong Medical Association.en_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titlePatterns of physical exercise and contributing factors among Hong Kong older adultsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1024-2708&volume=13&issue=4 Suppl 4&spage=S7&epage=S12&date=2007&atitle=Patterns+of+physical+exercise+and+contributing+factors+among+Hong+Kong+older+adultsen_HK
dc.identifier.emailCheng, YH: hrmrcyh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChou, KL: klchou@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailMacfarlane, DJ: djmac@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChi, I: irischi@hku.hken_HK
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros137814-

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