Current Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 348-367

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Age differences in reasons for exercising

  • Kathleen M. TrujilloAffiliated withSt. Ambrose University
  • , Ruby R. BroughamAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Chapman University
  • , David A. WalshAffiliated withUniversity of Southern California

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We tested the hypothesis that there are age-related differences in reasons for exercising. Adults (n=461), ranging in age from 18 to 86, were asked to indicate if they had considered different types of consequences in their exercise decisions, and how important they thought those consequences were to consider. A three-factor consequence measure examined individuals’ consideration and importance evaluations of various categories of exercise consequences. Results provided mixed support for the hypotheses that younger individuals exhibit greater concern for interpersonal attraction outcomes, while older individuals exhibit greater concern for health outcomes. These results have implications for designing educational and motivational training programs.