Perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity: Two primary-care physical activity prescription programs

Asmita Patel*, Grant M. Schofield, Gregory S. Kolt, Justin W L Keogh

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Abstract

This study examined whether perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity differed based on allocation to 2 different types of primary-care activityprescription programs (pedometer-based vs. time-based Green Prescription). Eighty participants from the Healthy Steps study completed a questionnaire that assessed their perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity. Factor analysis was carried out to identify common themes of barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity. Factor scores were then used to explore betweengroups differences for perceived barriers, benefits, and motives based on group allocation and demographic variables. No significant differences were found in factor scores based on allocation. Demographic variables relating to the existence of chronic health conditions, weight status, and older age were found to significantly influence perceived barriers, benefits, and motives for physical activity. Findings suggest that the addition of a pedometer to the standard Green Prescription does not appear to increase perceived motives or benefits or decrease perceived barriers for physical activity in low-active older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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