"Physical activity as a luxury": African American women's attitudes toward physical activity.


Journal Article

The purpose of this study was to explore African American midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Using a feminist perspective, a 6-month online forum was conducted with 21 African American midlife women recruited on the Internet. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged: (a) culturally acceptable body, (b) missed opportunity to learn, (c) physical activity as a luxury, and (d) want to do by myself. The women had positive body images regardless of their actual weight. The women considered physical activity "a luxury" in their busy lives and thought that they had already missed opportunities to learn. The women wanted to participate in physical activities alone because of their bad childhood experiences and hesitance to go out in public with sweaty, messy hair. The findings suggested that unique programs that promote physical activity should be developed that consider the women's ethnic-specific attitudes.

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Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Ko, Y; Hwang, H; Yoo, KH; Chee, W; Stuifbergen, A; Walker, L; Brown, A; McPeek, C; Chee, E

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 317 - 339

PubMed ID

  • 21403059

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21403059

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0193-9459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0193945911400637


  • eng