"A waste of time": Hispanic women's attitudes toward physical activity.


Journal Article

Despite a lack of studies on Hispanic midlife women's physical activity, the existing studies have indicated that Hispanics' ethnic-specific attitudes toward physical activity contributed to their lack of physical activity. However, little is still clearly known about Hispanic midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. The purpose of this study was to explore Hispanic midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity using a feminist perspective. The study was a 6-month qualitative online forum among 23 Hispanic women who were recruited through Internet communities/groups. The data were collected using 17 online forum topics on attitudes toward physical activity and ethnic-specific contexts. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Three major themes emerged from the data analysis process: (a) "family first, no time for myself," (b) "little exercise, but naturally healthy," and (c) "dad died of a heart attack." Although some of the women perceived the importance of physical activity due to their family history of chronic diseases, the study participants thought that physical activity would be a waste of time in their busy daily schedules. These findings provided directions for future health care practice and research to increase physical activity among Hispanic midlife women.

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Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Lee, B; Hwang, H; Yoo, KH; Chee, W; Stuifbergen, A; Walker, L; Brown, A; McPeek, C; Miro, M; Chee, E

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 563 - 579

PubMed ID

  • 20981637

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20981637

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0331

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-0242

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/03630242.2010.510387


  • eng