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MOTIVATORS AND BARRIERS FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN OLDER WORKERS: A SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL EXPLORATION PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:07

Hazwani Mohd Mohadis1, 2, Nazlena Mohamad Ali1, Suzana Shahar3

1Institute of Visual Informatics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

2Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology, International Islamic University Malaysia, 50728 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3Dietetics Programme, School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ABSTRACT

Recognising the importance of physical activity in preventing the development of chronic diseases, this study aims to investigate motivators and barriers of physical activity among older workers based on a socio-ecological model. Twenty-five older workers aged 50-75 years participated in a series of in-depth interview sessions. Using thematic analysis, transcripts were coded and categorised into motivators and barriers of physical activity. The motivators are health concerns, early exposure to physical activity, companionship, moral support, expert advice and workplace policy. In contrast, physical environment, cultural norms and social stigma have become the barriers leading to physical inactivity. Meanwhile, attitude, nature of work and facilities can be both motivators and barriers. This study provides baseline knowledge on the factors influencing physical activity behaviour at multiple socio-ecological levels, which need to be considered in developing physical activity intervention targeting older workers.

Keywords: older worker, physical activity, motivators, barriers, socio-ecological model

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