‘This is timely and will be of special interest to health service managers and members of primary care groups because the successful promotion of regular physical activity is a challenge contained in the strategy of Our Healthier Nation and is a candidate for incorporation into health improvement programmes and the service framework for coronary heart disease’ — Health Service Journal This crisply written and thought-provoking book integrates theories and studies from several disciplines to examine what is known about physical activity and health.
Chapter 7: Determinants of Physical Activity
Determinants of Physical Activity
Chapter 6 contains descriptions of how physical activity varies by age, sex, socioeconomic status, and other demographic variables. These biological and other sociodemographic factors are strongly associated with the amount and types of physical activity in youth and adults. These variables do not come close to explaining all the variance in physical activity, so the purpose of Chapter 7 is to explore other variables that might explain why some people are active and others are inactive.
Explaining physical activity is a very challenging task, as is explaining any aspect of human behavior. Because of the serious public health effects of physically inactive lifestyles, it is worth expending intellectual and monetary resources to understand the forces that affect the behavior. ...