effort helps for motivation
Older adults are more likely to stick to an exercise program if
they work out in a group, study findings suggest.
According to the report, older people who exercised in a group
for at least 4 months were more likely to schedule exercise into
their weekly routine and attend classes if the group was more
These individuals may be less inclined to quit when others in
the group are committed. Groups provide other benefits such as
opportunities to learn, talk and form friendships, which provide
emotional rewards, the report indicates.
in group dynamics has shown that the behavior of individual members
is influenced by other group members, and the more cohesive the
group, the greater the influence," write Paul A. Estabrooks, with
Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and Albert V. Carron
from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in Canada.
Results of their study, which was published earlier this year
in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, are based on interviews
with 82 people whose average age was about 67 years.
The authors note that only 30% of adults in North America exercise
regularly, and the percentage tends to decline with age. About
50% of those who begin an exercise program quit after 6 months.
the percentage of older adults in the population rises, using exercise...for
increasing independence and functional ability appears to represent
a low-cost, noninvasive alternative to institutionalization or chronic
care," Estabrooks and Carron conclude.