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Fit for life : older women`s commitment to exercise

Poole, Marilyn 2001, Fit for life : older women`s commitment to exercise, Journal of aging and physical activity, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 300-312.

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Title Fit for life : older women`s commitment to exercise
Author(s) Poole, Marilyn
Journal name Journal of aging and physical activity
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 300
End page 312
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 1063-8652
1543-267X
Keyword(s) the aging body
the body-subject
consumer culture
well-being
Summary The article explores the lived experiences of older women with a high commitment to exercise. The methods of investigation were in-depth interviews with 17 women fitness instructors for the over-50s and the author's observations as a participant in a variety of exercise programs. The subjective experience of embodiment of older women, the ways in which the body is constructed discursively, and the objective processes of aging are explored. The women's narratives are placed in the wider context of consumption, lifestyle, and identity construction. The study analyzes whether older women's commitment to exercise is a reflection of a climate of constraint, in which individuals seek to shape and manage the body to combat the effects of aging, or is one of empowerment and enablement. More important, the article explores the ways in which the women used fitness programs as a means of constructing intimacy, a sense of community, and satisfaction in interpersonal relations.
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001259

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social Inquiry
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