Long-term adherence to exercise: the relationship with functional fitness and personal motivation among community-dwelling independent-living older women

Philipe de Souto BarretoI, Jose Carlos Jaenes Sanchez
2011 Revista Brasileira de Ciências do Esporte  
Objective: The aim of this study were to examine the relationships between functional fitness, self-esteem, aesthetic body care and long-term adherence to dance, and to identify other characteristics related to dance adherence in the elderly. Methods: Seventeen women, aged 59-86 years-old, who practised a type of dance labeled "bodily expression". Results: Functional fitness was correlated to dance adherence and was the only factor related to this variable in a linear regression analysis.
more » ... ion analysis. Self-esteem and aesthetic body care seemed to play an indirect role on adherence. Functional fitness, specially upper-body flexibility and lower-body muscular function, and interest in dance (qualitative data) were related to long-term adherence to dance. Conclusions: Functional fitness and interest in exercising were the main aspects related to participants' long-term adherence to dance.
doi:10.1590/s0101-32892011000100013 fatcat:e4ec3gnyonh23eeovm6xudi6zu