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Citation

Lian WM, Gan GL, Pin CH, Wee S, Ye HC. Am. J. Public Health 1999; 89(10): 1578-1580.

Affiliation

Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine (MD 3), Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore. cofwml@leonis.nus.edu.sg

Copyright

(Copyright © 1999, American Public Health Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

10511845

PMCID

PMC1508788

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study assessed correlates of leisure-time physical activity among the elderly in Singapore. METHODS: A cross-sectional household survey was conducted in 1998 with 2494 subjects 60 years and older. RESULTS: Regular leisure-time physical activity was practiced by 47.0% of men and 38.5% of women. It was significantly correlated with family support, proportion of family members exercising, awareness of benefits of exercise, and healthy dietary habits. Other significant but negative correlates were smoking and barriers to exercise, such as lack of time and poor health. CONCLUSIONS: Exercise programs for the elderly should aim at helping them overcome barriers to exercise, informing them of the benefits of exercise, and involving their families.


Language: en

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