Effects of a DVD-delivered exercise intervention on maintenance of physical activity in older adults

Jason Fanning, Elizabeth A. Awick, Thomas R. Wójcicki, Neha Gothe, Sarah Roberts, Diane K. Ehlers, Robert W. Motl, Edward McAuley

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Background: Previous research supports the efficacy of a 6-month DVD-delivered program for enhancing physical activity (PA) in older adults. In the current study, we examined the degree to which intervention-related increases in PA were maintained after a 6-month, no-contact follow-up. Methods: Follow-up assessments of PA via accelerometry and the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ) were collected in a sample of older adults (N = 238). Repeated measures analyses of variance were conducted to examine changes in PA over the course of the follow-up period. Results: For accelerometer measured PA, there was a significant time × treatment × age group interaction, F1,203 =11.319, P = .001, η2 = .053, such that younger (≤70 years) intervention participants maintained high levels of PA across the follow-up period, while PA in older intervention and young control participants declined significantly. Rates of PA in older control participants remained low over the course of the follow-up period. Analyses of GLTEQ scores revealed similar, though less significant patterns. Conclusions: DVDbased exercise programs may be effective for maintaining PA in younger members of the older adult population; however, there remains a need to develop better strategies for promoting PA maintenance in older individuals when using home-based designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)594-598
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Health behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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