AUTHOR – Janet Currie – School of Education, Macquarie University, Sydney 2109, Australia.
Leisure provides a vehicle for women to develop friendships in later life, yet few studies have explored older women’s experiences of social and emotional connections with leisure. This article provides insights into the perceived benefits a group of older women state they gain from participation in aquarobics for leisure. The main themes to emerge from the focus group interview data (n = 19 women, x¯ age = 75 years), illustrating the key motivational factor for participation in the classes, included an individual desire to improve one’s overall fitness. Participants also expressed a strong sense of belonging from being able to socialize after the activity, and highly valued the welcoming atmosphere and feeling of comradery involved. The aquarobics instructor was noted as performing a very important role in ensuring delivery of an enjoyable class experience where participants experienced variety, had fun, and felt happy taking part. For this group of women, aquarobics forms a health promoting leisure context offering an important space for gaining subjective wellbeing, building social connectedness and resisting the dominant ideology of aging. Click here to read full article and then click on green button ‘View Full-Text’
Currie JL. Women’s Expressed Motivational Factors for Participation in Aquarobics Classes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(9):5274. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095274