Social Sciences Forum: The Motivation to Exercise in Age
Virtual event featuring Dr. Candace S. Brown, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Candace S. Brown, PhD will join UMBC from the Department of Public Health Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to present her research. This session will be moderated by Dr. Brandy Wallace, PhD, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health, Faculty Affiliate in the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Department and Doctoral Program in Gerontology; and, Research Associate with UMBC’s Center for Aging Studies at UMBC.
It is known that maintaining physical function, through activity, is one key to successful aging. Leading an active lifestyle may delay physical and cognitive decline, and 53% of older adults are now meeting US physical activity guidelines. As aging adults are increasingly adopting exercise into their weekly routines, research is moving to understand what motivates them to maintain their fitness. Brown will discuss her research on motivation to exercise among unique populations including Black women triathletes, older Veterans, and most recently- pandemic exercisers.