Physical activity and the ageing body

Victoria J. Palmer, Emmanuelle Tulle, James Bowness

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Understanding experiences of physical activity (PA) as we age requires an engagement with the ageing body. The purpose of this chapter is to explore the complexities of negotiating PA as we physically age and to consider what are appropriate ways of putting the ageing body into movement. Firstly, we present a brief outline of the sociological understandings of the ageing body and locate PA within this. We then draw on empirical data from three research projects which explore PA in older people. Before promoting PA to older people, we must understand that becoming and remaining physically active is akin to a career and is a fragile endeavour, conditional on physical, cultural and phenomenological understandings of the body.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Ageing and Physical Activity Promotion
EditorsSamuel R. Nyman, Anna Barker, Terry Haines, Khim Horton, Charles Musselwhite, Geeske Peeters, Christina R. Victor, Julia Katharina Wolff
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319712918
ISBN (Print)9783319712901, 9783030100377
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


  • ageing body
  • physical activity
  • careers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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