The relationships between physical activity and health-promoting behaviours in mid-life women

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  • Angela GilliS RN BScN MAdEd,

    Associate Professor and Chair, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Nursing, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
      Angela Gillis, PO Bax 130 St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 1CO, Canada.
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  • Anne Perry RN BN MSc(A)

    Assistant Professor
    1. Department of Nursing, St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Angela Gillis, PO Bax 130 St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 1CO, Canada.

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the inter-relationships among participation between physical activity, perceived well-being, self-esteem, health status, health locus of control and health-promoting lifestyle activities of middle-aged women in a rural context Since women comprise the largest (living) segment of the older population, it is extremely important to study the predictors of health promoting activities in this age group prior to old age Recent research has noted that participation in physical activity acts as an entry point to reflect on health behaviour practices, creating a ripple effect to other areas of lifestyle behaviours The research queshons were framed within the Health Promotion Model The study utilized a longitudinal experimental design. The findings of this study contribute to the small, but growing, research base on physical activity as a health-promoting lifestyle behaviour and physical activity as a lifestyle practice of women in the mid-life years Findings also provide a base for the development of community physical-activity programmes and other intervention strategies to enhance the health and well-being of women, particularly those residing in a rural setting

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