Barriers to participation in physical activity programs among older adults


  • Carla Elane Silva dos Santos Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Eleonora d'Orsi Programa de Pós-graduação em Saúde Coletiva. Universidade Federal de santa Catarina
  • Cassiano Ricardo Rech Programa de Pós-graduação em Educação Física. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina



This study investigated the perception of barriers to the participation of older adults in physical activity programs. The sample consisted of older adults (≥60 years) from the EpiFloripa Ageing Study (n = 1140) interviewed in 2013/2014. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews at home. The outcome was identified by the question: what is the main reason that led or would lead you to give up a physical activity program? Health conditions, daily commitments, attitudes towards physical activity, and environmental aspects were the most reported barriers. Considering the perception of older adults is essential to plan and develop more effective and lasting interventions





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