Attitudes toward physical activity of white midlife women.


Journal Article

To explore attitudes toward physical activity of White midlife women in the United States using a feminist perspective.A cross-sectional qualitative study using a thematic analysis.Internet communities for midlife women.Twenty-nine White midlife women in the United States recruited using a convenience sampling method.We used 17 topics on attitudes toward physical activity and ethnic-specific contexts to administer an online forum. We analyzed the data using thematic analysis.We found three themes: thinking without action, gendered and sedentary culture, and motivating myself. The women knew and understood the necessity of physical activity for their physical and mental health but in most cases had not been able to take action to increase their physical activities. Although the culture that circumscribed the women's physical activity was sedentary in nature, the women tried to motivate themselves to increase their physical activities through several creative strategies.The findings strongly suggest that although women were doing their best, American culture itself needs to be changed to help women increase physical activity in their daily lives.

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Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Lee, B; Chee, W; Stuifbergen, A; eMAPA Research Team,

Published Date

  • May 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 312 - 321

PubMed ID

  • 21585528

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21585528

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6909

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-2175

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01249.x


  • eng