PMID: 2037735Mar 1, 1991Paper

The relationships between physical activity and health-promoting behaviours in mid-life women

Journal of Advanced Nursing
A Gillis, A Perry


The purpose of this study is to examine the inter-relationships among participation between physical activity, perceived well-being, self-esteem, health status, health locus of control and health-promoting lifestyle activities of middle-aged women in a rural context. Since women comprise the largest (living) segment of the older population, it is extremely important to study the predictors of health promoting activities in this age group prior to old age. Recent research has noted that participation in physical activity acts as an entry point to reflect on health behaviour practices, creating a ripple effect to other areas of lifestyle behaviours. The research questions were framed within the Health Promotion Model. The study utilized a longitudinal experimental design. The findings of this study contribute to the small, but growing, research base on physical activity as a health-promoting lifestyle behaviour and physical activity as a lifestyle practice of women in the mid-life years. Findings also provide a base for the development of community physical-activity programmes and other intervention strategies to enhance the health and well-being of women, particularly those residing in a rural setting.


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