Intervention markers of physical activity maintenance in older adults

Theresa A. Floegel, Peter R. Giacobbi, Joseph M. Dzierzewski, Adrienne T. Aiken-Morgan, Beverly Roberts, Christina S. McCrae, Michael Marsiske, Matthew Buman

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Objectives: To identify intervention components that may promote longterm changes of physical activity among older adults in a behavioral theory-based physical activity trial. Methods: Participants (N = 24; aged 65+8.79 years) shared perceptions of intervention components at the end of the intervention and physical activity was assessed at 18 months. Mixed-methods analyses using a pragmatic content analysis of interview data were conducted. Results: Active study participants (25%) cited more specific goals/actions to achieve goals and more social support from family/friends, and had significantly higher self-determined motivation mean scores at 18 months than insufficiently active study participants (75%). Conclusions: Specific goalsetting behaviors and social support from family/friends may be key elements of physical activity maintenance in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-499
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Older adult
  • Physical activity
  • Self-Determination Theory
  • Social-Cognitive Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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