The Physical Exercise Habits of Senior Citizens in Spain and Social Condition

María Dolores González Rivera

María Martín Rodríguez

José Emilio Jiménez-Beatty Navarro

Antonio Campos Izquierdo

David Del Hierro Pinés

*Corresponding author: María Dolores González Rivera marilin.gonzalez@uah.es

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González Rivera, M. D., Martín Rodríguez, M., Jiménez-Beatty Navarro, J. E., Campos Izquierdo, A., & Del Hierro Pinés, D. (2010). The Physical Exercise Habits of Senior Citizens in Spain and Social Condition. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 101, 87-98.

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Abstract

This research seeks to examine inequality and differences due to social condition in the weekly physical activity
of senior citizens in Spain. The quantitative methodology used has consisted of a structured questionnaire given to a
random sample of people aged 65 or older in Spain. The findings show that, as in other socio-demographic groups, the social condition of senior citizens is a differentiating factor leading to inequality. This inequality is accompanied by a number of differences in taking physical exercise based on social condition, which may well form specific cultures for people in each of the groups.

Keywords: Hàbits, Physical Exercise, Senior Citizens, Social Condition.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: January 22, 2008

Accepted: July 25, 2008

Published: July 01, 2010