Sources of strength-training information and strength-training behavior among Japanese older adults

Kazuhiro Harada*, Ai Shibata, Euna Lee, Koichiro Oka, Yoshio Nakamura

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The promotion of strength training is now recognized as an important component of public health initiatives for older adults. To develop successful communication strategies to increase strength-training behavior among older adults, the identification of effective communication channels to reach older adults is necessary. This study aimed to identify the information sources about strength training that were associated with strength-training behaviors among Japanese older adults. The participants were 1144 adults (60-74 years old) randomly sampled from the registry of residential addresses. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted. The independent variables were sources of strength-training information (healthcare providers, friends, families, radio, television, newspapers, newsletters, posters, books, magazines, booklets, the Internet, lectures, other sources), and the dependent variable was regular strength-training behavior. Logistic regression analysis was used to identify potential relationships. After adjusting for demographic factors and all other information sources, strength-training information from healthcare providers, friends, books and the Internet were positively related to regular strength-training behavior. The findings of the present study contribute to a better understanding of strength-training behavior and the means of successful communication directed at increasing strength training among older adults. The results suggest that healthcare providers, friends, books and the Internet are effective methods of communication for increasing strength-training behaviors among older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-12
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1


  • behavior change
  • exercise
  • health communication
  • media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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