What is it about?

Self-monitoring (e.g., with a pedometer) and planning (how, when and where) can be helpful strategies to help older adults to increase their physical activity. But, there is also research that shows that these strategies might be very demanding for older adults because they require a lot of cognitive effort at the beginning.

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Why is it important?

Physical activity is low in older adults. This is a problem as low activity levels are related to many health conditions. As such, we need to fnd ways to increase physical activity in this age group. In this chapter we suggest to use slef-monitoring and planning strategies to health older adults to be more active.


Using self-monitoring and planning are surely good strategies for older adults to improave activity levels. But it is important to understand that these strategies can be challenging because they require effort. Older adults might struggle to always monitor how active they are, and they might have even more problems to create good plans to keep them active. However, once such plans are i place and people could stick to them it should get easier.

Dr Andre Matthias Müller
National University of Singapore

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This page is a summary of: Self-Regulation and Planning Strategies to Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity Among Older People, January 2018, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71291-8_14.
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