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Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study.
J Aging Phys Act 2019; :1-9JA

Abstract

Pet ownership is associated with increased levels of physical activity (PA) in older adults. Studies have mainly focused on the association between PA and dog walking; however, broader aspects of pet ownership may influence PA. The purpose of this study was to explore the association between pet ownership and incidental and purposeful PA using a mixed methods approach. Participants' (N = 15) PA was measured for 7 days using accelerometers and diaries. Semistructured interviews explored participants' perspectives regarding pet-related activities. Participants' mean (SD) daily step count was 14,204 (5,061) steps, and mean (SD) sedentary time per day was 8.76 (1.18) hr. Participants strongly concurred that their pets were an integral part of their daily lives. Incidental and purposeful PA resulted from participants undertaking pet care and socially interacting with their pets. Pets may interrupt sedentary behaviors by nudging older adults to engage in PA as part of their daily lived experience.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31629360

Citation

Peacock, Mandy, et al. "Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study." Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 2019, pp. 1-9.
Peacock M, Netto J, Yeung P, et al. Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study. J Aging Phys Act. 2019.
Peacock, M., Netto, J., Yeung, P., McVeigh, J., & Hill, A. M. (2019). Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, pp. 1-9. doi:10.1123/japa.2019-0056.
Peacock M, et al. Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study. J Aging Phys Act. 2019 Oct 17;1-9. PubMed PMID: 31629360.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Understanding the Relationship Between Pet Ownership and Physical Activity Among Older Community-Dwelling Adults-A Mixed Methods Study. AU - Peacock,Mandy, AU - Netto,Julie, AU - Yeung,Polly, AU - McVeigh,Joanne, AU - Hill,Anne-Marie, Y1 - 2019/10/17/ PY - 2019/02/04/received PY - 2019/05/30/revised PY - 2019/05/31/accepted PY - 2019/10/20/entrez PY - 2019/10/20/pubmed PY - 2019/10/20/medline KW - accelerometry KW - aging KW - health KW - instrumental activities of daily living KW - wellbeing SP - 1 EP - 9 JF - Journal of aging and physical activity JO - J Aging Phys Act N2 - Pet ownership is associated with increased levels of physical activity (PA) in older adults. Studies have mainly focused on the association between PA and dog walking; however, broader aspects of pet ownership may influence PA. The purpose of this study was to explore the association between pet ownership and incidental and purposeful PA using a mixed methods approach. Participants' (N = 15) PA was measured for 7 days using accelerometers and diaries. Semistructured interviews explored participants' perspectives regarding pet-related activities. Participants' mean (SD) daily step count was 14,204 (5,061) steps, and mean (SD) sedentary time per day was 8.76 (1.18) hr. Participants strongly concurred that their pets were an integral part of their daily lives. Incidental and purposeful PA resulted from participants undertaking pet care and socially interacting with their pets. Pets may interrupt sedentary behaviors by nudging older adults to engage in PA as part of their daily lived experience. SN - 1543-267X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31629360/Understanding_the_Relationship_Between_Pet_Ownership_and_Physical_Activity_Among_Older_Community-Dwelling_Adults-A_Mixed_Methods_Study L2 - https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/10.1123/japa.2019-0056 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -