Strategies for Physical Activity Maintenance in African American Women
Methods : Semistructured qualitative interviews.
Results : Ten women were classified as exercise maintainers and 9 as relapsers. Both groups reported similar benefits from and barriers to exercise. Maintainers reported strategies they used to sustain their exercise programs: wanting to act as a role model, seeking out social support, and setting goals.
Conclusions : Programs that address barriers to exercise may not be successful unless coupled with facilitators that promote maintenance.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Graduate Student, Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA.
Publication date: 2008-09-01
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