Ageing, Physical Activity, Recreation and Wellbeing
This book will serve to raise awareness of ways of healthy ageing that are facilitated by different forms of, and approaches to, physical activity, exercise and recreation. It presents a collection of studies focusing on the effectiveness of different methods that promote an active lifestyle among communities and older people in general. The contributions draw upon qualitative and quantitative paradigms that have ‘active ageing’ at the core of their investigations. The book imparts knowledge about recent advances in physical activity, recreation and wellbeing initiatives that will benefit the academic community and the wider public. It will also dispel myths about ageing and physical activity, ‘trouble’ popular notions of ageing, and present different intervention strategies and approaches that will serve to improve older peoples’ lives and develop an understanding of active and healthy ageing. Examples are drawn from both global and local perspectives, walking initiatives, exercise classes for the over 50s, a ‘dancing the tango for the D/deaf’ project, an inter-generational dance project, ‘Movers and Shakers’ exercise intervention studies, and yoga/swimming and windsurfing case studies.
Barbara Humberstone, PhD, is Professor of Sociology of Sport and Outdoor Education at Buckinghamshire New University, UK. Her research interests include physical activity and ageing healthily, nature-based sport and the senses, wellbeing, and outdoor pedagogies. Her long-term, grounding concern is the interconnections in embodiment and social and environmental action/justice. Her most recent publications, as editor and co-editor, include International Handbook of Outdoor Studies (2016), Shaped by the sea: Embodied Narratives and Fluid Geographies (2015), Urban nature: inclusive learning through youth work and school work’ (2014), and Third Age and Leisure Research: Principles and Practice (2010). Together with Professor Cutler-Riddick, she published “Older women, embodiment and yoga practice” in the Ageing and Society Journal (2014). She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.
Maria Konstantaki, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition in the Department of Advanced Health Sciences at Buckinghamshire New University, UK. Maria is a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has worked with a range of individuals and groups including athletes, recreational exercisers and physically active older people, offering physiological testing support and nutritional advice. Her primary research interests include physical activity and ageing, physiology of swimming, and nutritional supplements. Her publications include “Effectiveness of commercial versus homemade sports drinks on exercise capacity and hydration status during intermittent, high intensity exercise” (2015; American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine), Effect of physical activity on emotions and mood states of 50–65 year old male and female participants (2012; ATINER) and Dry-land ergometry in physiological assessment of swimmers: practical applications and training recommendations (2010; Lambert Academic Publishing). She is also section editor of the Athens Journal of Sport.
"The book has significance for policy makers, the academic community, community activists and the general public. It explores how well-being can be maintained, even restored, for healthy ageing to occur. [...] Humberstone and Konstantaki’s edited volume provides great stimulus for further reading, reflection and discussion. Although its coverage is Anglo-centric, it describes diverse communities and sports, and it presents transferable projects suitable for many other regions. I am sure that the book will draw collaborations from like-minded individuals and groups and provide a platform for these collaborations to be reported as material contributed for a reprint in the near future."
Mark Brooke National University of Singapore idrottsforum.org, 09.06.2017
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