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'Everyone's so kind and jolly it boosts my spirits, if you know what I mean': A humanising perspective on exercise programme participation.

Killingback, C., Tsofliou, F. and Clark, C. J., 2022. 'Everyone's so kind and jolly it boosts my spirits, if you know what I mean': A humanising perspective on exercise programme participation. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 36 (1), 162-172.

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DOI: 10.1111/scs.12973


BACKGROUND: Maintaining a physically active lifestyle across the life course can add to an individual's health and well-being. Many people are insufficiently active to achieve these gains with a trend towards further decreases in activity as people age. Community-based group exercise programmes have been shown to be one means of increasing sustained activity levels for older people. AIM: To understand how and why older people sustain participation to community-based group exercise programmes from a humanising perspective. METHODS: A multiple-case study approach was employed to study three exercise programmes in the South-West of England. Data were collected through participant observation, focus groups and documentation. Data were analysed with deductive thematic analysis and mapped against the humanisation framework. RESULTS: Findings suggest that the humanising nature of these particular exercise programmes supported sustained participation. In these programmes, agency was evidenced in the way participants self-selected their level of exertion with exercises. There was freedom to be their unique selves and exercise within the limits of their insider challenges of an ageing body. Through this non-judgemental exercise environment, there was an embodied understanding of who they were as people. The exercise programme became part of their personal journey. This journey helped inform their future by enabling them to keep active and maintain independence, allowing them to continue engaging in the world. There was a sense of togetherness and belonging which led to feelings of homeliness as they found a sense of place within the group. The friendships they formed helped them make sense and add meaning to their experiences and personal health challenges. CONCLUSIONS: When planning exercise environments to support the long-term adoption of a sustained behaviour change, in the form of physical activity for older people, it is helpful to consider dimensions that make an individual feel human.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:United Kingdom ; community-based group exercise ; humanisation ; humanising ; older people ; qualitative
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35288
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:17 Mar 2021 13:51
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:26


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