The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are widely acknowledged. Despite this, a significant number of adults do not achieve the recommended physical activity (PA) levels of 30 minutes on five or more days per week. It has been suggested that resources should be targeted at local levels in order to increase PA in communities. In order to make best use of resources, it is important to understand the barriers and motivators for PA participation at the community level, in order that appropriate and feasible interventions and facilities can be developed.
(i) To identify the barriers and motivators for PA participation in community dwelling adults living in developed countries (ii) To identify perceptions and experiences of barriers and motivators to PA in community dwelling adults living in developed countries.
This comprehensive systematic review includes quantitative, qualitative and text/opinion literature on barriers and motivators to PA, and perceptions and experiences of these barriers. A three step search strategy resulted in several thousand papers which met the inclusion criteria. Two independent reviewers screened the titles, abstracts, and full-text and assessed the papers for methodological quality using standardised JBI critical appraisal instruments. Data was likewise collected using JBI tools, and is presented in narrative format.
Initial results suggest that a range of barriers and motivators for PA exist; several of which are common across many developed countries. Full results will be available shortly and will be included in this presentation.
The large amount of literature and the development of a specific search strategy have made this review challenging to conduct. Nonetheless, it will provide valuable data on a topic that has not been the subject of systematic review to date.
The results of this systematic review will be useful for informing the development of community interventions that empower individuals to participate in PA.
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