In Australia, women are 20 percent less likely than men to achieve ‘sufficient’ levels of physical activity, placing them at increased risk of developing chronic disease. The purpose of my study was to explore perceived benefits associated with exercise class participation. Forty-nine women completed a written questionnaire on their perceived benefits of exercise class participation. The participants included 4 age groups spread across the lifespan, with the most common age group 60+ years. The main reasons given by participants included ‘de-stressing’ for women aged 18 years and under, ‘fun/enjoyment’ for those aged 25–49 years, ‘feeling good and enjoyment’ for 50–59 years and ‘social’ reasons in the 60+ years age group. Women tend to desire enjoyment and ‘feel good’ aspects from their exercise class participation. To be more successful in attracting women to physical activity, we may promote enjoyment aspects and not just emphasise the general ‘intensity’ aspects of exercise programs.
|Keywords:||Women, Exercise Class, Aerobics, Perceptions, Health, Lifestyle|
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia