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How is your walking group running?

How is your walking group running? Purpose – The present study sought to obtain a better understanding of the determinants that influence the adherence to individual walking groups. Design/methodology/approach – The study took place as part of the “Just Walk It” (JWI) programme of the Australian National Heart Foundation. The research model incorporated social environmental, physical environmental, cognitive and socio‐demographic factors. Participants ( n =284; response rate 49.6 per cent) of the JWI programmme completed a survey, which measured environmental, cognitive and socio‐demographic factors. Exercise adherence was monitored over a period of 12 months. To identify the potential predictors bivariate correlation analyses and linear regression analyses were performed. Findings – Social cohesion was identified as the sole predictor of adherence to walking groups, while cohesion was further associated with positive attitudes regarding physical activity. Furthermore, participants who perceived their neighbourhood as positive in terms of safety and friendliness were more likely to have a positive attitude toward exercising. Originality/value – The present study indicates the importance of acknowledging the social environment in designing walking group interventions. This paper offers useful information for individuals designing interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Education Emerald Publishing

How is your walking group running?

Health Education , Volume 106 (1): 11 – Jan 1, 2006

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0965-4283
DOI
10.1108/09654280610637175
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Abstract

Purpose – The present study sought to obtain a better understanding of the determinants that influence the adherence to individual walking groups. Design/methodology/approach – The study took place as part of the “Just Walk It” (JWI) programme of the Australian National Heart Foundation. The research model incorporated social environmental, physical environmental, cognitive and socio‐demographic factors. Participants ( n =284; response rate 49.6 per cent) of the JWI programmme completed a survey, which measured environmental, cognitive and socio‐demographic factors. Exercise adherence was monitored over a period of 12 months. To identify the potential predictors bivariate correlation analyses and linear regression analyses were performed. Findings – Social cohesion was identified as the sole predictor of adherence to walking groups, while cohesion was further associated with positive attitudes regarding physical activity. Furthermore, participants who perceived their neighbourhood as positive in terms of safety and friendliness were more likely to have a positive attitude toward exercising. Originality/value – The present study indicates the importance of acknowledging the social environment in designing walking group interventions. This paper offers useful information for individuals designing interventions aimed at increasing physical activity.

Journal

Health EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: Exercise; Social environment; Australia

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