Requests for reprints should be sent to Robert E. Koslow, Physical Education Department, University of Albama, University, AL 35486.
Age-Related Resons for Expressed Interest In Exercise and Weight Control
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 349–354, March 1988
How to Cite
Koslow, R. E. (1988), Age-Related Resons for Expressed Interest In Exercise and Weight Control. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 18: 349–354. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1988.tb00021.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Reasons for expressed interest in exercise and weight control were examined. The importance of benefit statements was rated on a scale of one to ten by subjects grouped according to age. Results indicated that 18 to 30 year-old subjects rated benefits pertaining to aesthetic enhancement of physical appearance as significantly more important than all other benefits. Also, the benefits pertaining to health and aesthetic enhancement were rated as significantly more important than social and emotional benefits and training benefits by subjects ranging in age from 31 to 50 years. It was concluded that regrdless of age, subjects are equally as interested or more interested in aesthetic benefits as compared to health benefits resulting from fitness-related activity.