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Barriers to physical activity in an on-site corporate fitness center.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18837631     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many corporations provide employees the option of participating in on-site fitness centers, but utilization rates are low. Perceived barriers to physical activity have been established as important correlates of physical activity, and recent research indicates that barriers may vary across settings. Work-site fitness centers may present unique barriers to participation, but there are currently no standardized measures that assess such barriers. Eighty-eight employees of a midwestern corporation completed a survey designed to identify and evaluate the extent to which barriers influence participation in an on-site corporate fitness center. Regression analyses revealed that external environmental barriers (e.g., inadequate exercise facilities) significantly accounted for not joining the fitness center, and for decreased duration of visits to the facility among members. Internal barriers (e.g., feeling embarrassed to exercise around coworkers) significantly accounted for frequency of fitness center visits among members. This corporate specific measure may lead to more effective interventions aimed to increase use of on-site corporate fitness centers.
Heather M Schwetschenau; William H O'Brien; Christopher J L Cunningham; Steve M Jex
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational health psychology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1076-8998     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Health Psychol     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-07     Completed Date:  2009-01-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612485     Medline TA:  J Occup Health Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fitness Centers*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Middle Aged
Motor Activity*
Personality Inventory
Professional Corporations*
Social Environment

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