Social support among senior citizens participating in group fitness programs | Abstract
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Social support among senior citizens participating in group fitness programs

Author(s): Josephine Chtioui*

Group physical activity programs give older persons the chance to obtain social support, which is shown to be favorably related to their behavior when it comes to physical exercise in this demographic. However, the aim of this study was to identify social support functions and behavior that promoted older individuals’ involvement in group physical exercise programs, as well as their social support requirements and problems. Physical activity helps to prevent a number of chronic diseases and dramatically lowers all-cause mortality. However, the percentage of individuals who are sufficiently active to get these health benefits is modest and gets smaller as people get older. Although the relationship between social support, a social predictor of health, and Physical activity in older persons has not been thoroughly examined, it may do so. Any skeletal muscle-driven activity that requires energy expenditure is said to as Physical activity. Exercise, sports, and physical activities that are done as a part of everyday life, employment, leisure, or active transportation are all included in Physical activity. Three goals guided this review: 1) Conduct a thorough review and summary of research on the relationship between Social support, or loneliness, and Physical activity in older persons; 2) determine which forms of Social support are positively linked with Physical activity; and 3) determine if the relationship between Social support and Physical activity varies among Physical activity domains