Cardiovascular fitness program: Factors associated with participation and adherence

J. Mirotznik, E. Speedling, R. Stein, C. Bronz

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Despite the proliferation in the last 10 to 15 years of cardiovascular fitness programs, little is known about who uses them. Who joins such a program and who adheres after enrollment were examined in this study. The first issue was addressed by comparing clients who came to the Coronary Detection and Intervention Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in New York City to obtain a CHD risk assessment with those who, after being evaluated for coronary heart disease, enrolled in the center's fitness program. Joiners were found to be in poorer physical condition than nonjoiners. In addition, they were more concerned about their health and more likely to see improved health as being beneficial to other areas of their lives. The issue of adherence was investigated by comparing the joiners who attended less than 50 percent of the exercise sessions with those who attended 50 percent or more of the sessions. Those who adhered to the program were found to be more fit than those who did not adhere. These results, in conjunction with those of other researchers, have several useful implications for the administration of cardiovascular fitness programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalPublic health reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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