The ENJOY Project: usage and factors to support adherence and physical activity participation

Levinger, Pazit and Dunn, Jeremy and Panisset, Maya and Haines, Terry and Dow, Briony and Batchelor, Frances and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Duque, Gustavo and Hill, Keith D. (2021) The ENJOY Project: usage and factors to support adherence and physical activity participation. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 6 (3). pp. 1-9.


Abstract

Objectives: Long-term engagement and participation in physical activity by older adults in the general population is poor. The Exercise interveNtion outdoor proJect
in the cOmmunitY for older people (the ENJOY project) is a community-based research project utilizing an outdoor Seniors Exercise Park that demonstrated increased
physical activity level as well as physical and mental health benefits. This study aims to explore participants’ perceptions about barriers and facilitators to ongoing participation as well as the usage pattern of the Seniors Exercise Park.

Method: People aged ≥60 yr underwent a 12-wk structured supervised physical activity program using outdoor exercise park equipment followed by a 6-month maintenance phase. Participants completed two surveys: at the completion of
the 12-wk structured supervised program and at the completion of the 6-month maintenance phase. Access to the Seniors Exercise Park was also electronically
monitored during the maintenance phase.

Results: The social aspect (60%), health benefits/improvement (41.5%), and supervision (36.9%) were the most cited factors in positively supporting participation, with 60.8% continued using the Exercise Park regularly during the maintenance phase. The main barriers to continued usage for both regular users and nonusers included other commitments (71.4%), the weather (60.7%), and medical/health problems (42.8%).

Conclusions: The Seniors Exercise Park can be utilized to promote sustainable engagement in physical activity for older people. However, future implementation strategies should consider approaches to overcome barriers for participation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2021 by the American College of Sports Medicine.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 02:01
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: older adults; seniors; physical activity; participation
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111702 Aged Health Care
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1249/TJX.0000000000000163
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42140

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