chapter  11
8 Pages

What predicts exercise participation of older adults?

ByMAARTEN STIGGELBOUT AND MARIJKE HOPMAN-ROCK

Introduction Regular participation in exercise has been associated with a variety of health benefits. It is often seen as an important way to counteract age-related decline of body functions. Several physical functions such as strength and endurance can be improved by an increased amount of physical activity and factors like overweight and high blood pressure could be prevented or treated (Nelson et al., 2007). Physical inactivity is an independent risk factor which may ameliorate several chronic diseases which often occur in the elderly, like coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus type II, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and cancer.