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Fit for life : older women`s commitment to exercise

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posted on 2001-07-01, 00:00 authored by Marilyn Poole
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.

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Journal

Journal of aging and physical activity

Volume

9

Issue

3

Pagination

300 - 312

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

1063-8652

eISSN

1543-267X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.

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