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West J Nurs Res. 2012 Apr;34(3):317-39. doi: 10.1177/0193945911400637. Epub 2011 Mar 14.

"Physical activity as a luxury": African American women's attitudes toward physical activity.

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The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78701, USA. eim@mail.utexas.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore African American midlife women's attitudes toward physical activity. Using a feminist perspective, a 6-month online forum was conducted with 21 African American midlife women recruited on the Internet. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged: (a) culturally acceptable body, (b) missed opportunity to learn, (c) physical activity as a luxury, and (d) want to do by myself. The women had positive body images regardless of their actual weight. The women considered physical activity "a luxury" in their busy lives and thought that they had already missed opportunities to learn. The women wanted to participate in physical activities alone because of their bad childhood experiences and hesitance to go out in public with sweaty, messy hair. The findings suggested that unique programs that promote physical activity should be developed that consider the women's ethnic-specific attitudes.

PMID:
21403059
DOI:
10.1177/0193945911400637
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