Benefits of physical activity: The views of the elderly

December 2015
African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation & Dan;2015 Supplement2, p387
Academic Journal
This study aimed to examine the views of the elderly people concerning the physical benefits of participating in Physical activity in Vhembe district of Limpopo province, South Africa. Quantitative cross- sectional design involving a total sample of 422 elderly persons registered in eight sports and recreational hubs of Vhembe District were used. Elderly people were found to have negative views of the benefits of participating in physical activities. No significant relationship was found between the views of elderly people and their age (Physical activity maintaining postural stability (X2=11.631, df=4, p<0.653). Age was found to have a significant influence on the elderly people views of the benefits of participating in phsycal activity. The majority (79.1%) of elderly people disagreed that physical activity improves physical function and mobility. A significant difference was found between the views of elderly people and the level of education (physical activity improves physical function and mobility in older adults (X2=184.673, df=4, p<0.000), improves strength (X2=101.693, df=4, p<0.000). The paper recommends broadcasting the testimonies of other elderly people who benefitted from physical activity to promote awareness and improve the views of other elderly people.


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