J Agric Med Community Health.  2020 Jun;45(2):89-99. 10.5393/JAMCH.2020.45.2.089.

Barriers related to Walking Activity according to the Age Group of Rural residents

  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, Institute of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
  • 2Center for Farmer’s Safety and Health, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju, Korea
  • 3Department of Information & Statistics, College of Natural Science, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea


This study aimed to report the relationship between walking activity and perceived physical activity barriers after classifying the age group(≤64, 65-74, ≥75).
The subjects were conducted on 1500 residents of two areas, and the walking activity was defined as five or more times a week, 10 minutes or more at a time, and 30 minutes or more per day. Perceived physical activity barriers were lack of time, lack of social support, lack of energy, lack of willpower, and fear of falling.
In the group under 64 year, the lack of time (exp(B)=0.819, p=0.002) and the lack of willpower (exp(B)=0.656, p<0.001) were significantly associated. In the 65-74 year old group, the lack of willpower (exp(B)=0.714, p<0.001) and fear of falling (exp(B)=0.787, p=0.003) were a significant association. In the group aged 75 years and over, lack ofwill power (exp(B)=0.734, p<0.001) and fear of falling (exp(B)=0.807, p=0.003) were significantly associated.
In order to solve the lack of willpower and lack of time, a walking activity should be performed together at a certain time in the village, and the elderly in the late ages should reduce the fear of falling by performing a fall prevention exercise in parallel.


Walk; Barrier; Rural
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