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AbstractOn average, a person’s physical fitness and health will begin to decline in his/her late twenties to early thirties (Kail, 2010). While the numerous benefits of physical activity is well-known, only 40.7% of 60-69 year olds and 23.4% of adults over 80 continue to be active (Carlson, et al., 2015). Through the use of qualitative research, this study aimed to identify the motivations, facilitators/barriers, and strategies of seniors (ages 60+) who maintain a physically fit lifestyle. Eight participants (4 male, 4 female) were recruited using flyers and snowball sampling. Activities included swimming, CrossFit training, running, hiking, cycling, and equestrian riding. The participants were each interviewed and asked questions regarding their training procedures, typical daily activities, age-related limitations, motivations, and perceived benefits. Each interview recording was transcribed and coded for themes. The primary themes that emerged described the motivations for being fit, the initiative of taking charge of one’s own health, and the recommendations of maintaining s physically fit lifestyle. The challenges that seniors face include: pain, physical barriers, health care providers who fail to recommend exercise and lack of knowledge (Schutzer & Graves, 2004). The long term goals of our research include identifying ways to help active seniors continue to exercise, helping inactive seniors increase their exercise, and identifying useful training strategies for athletic trainers.
Degree ProgramHonors College