Physical activity and the ageing body

Palmer, V. J., Tulle, E. and Bowness, J. (2018) Physical activity and the ageing body. In: Nyman, S. R., Barker, A., Haines, T., Horton, K., Musselwhite, C., Victor, C. R. and Wolff, J. K. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Ageing and Physical Activity Promotion. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 531-549. ISBN 9783319712901 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71291-8_26)

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Understanding experiences of physical activity (PA) as we age requires an engagement with the ageing body. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the complexities of negotiating PA as we physically age and to consider what are appropriate ways of putting the ageing body into movement. Firstly, we present a brief outline of the sociological understandings of the ageing body and locate PA within this. We then draw on empirical data from three research projects which explore PA in older people. Before promoting PA to older people, we must understand that becoming and remaining physically active is akin to a career and is a fragile endeavour, conditional on physical, cultural and phenomenological understandings of the body.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bowness, Dr James and Palmer, Dr Victoria
Authors: Palmer, V. J., Tulle, E., and Bowness, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Social Sciences
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:01 April 2018

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