Older adults benefit from a new community-based physical activity programme

Jungsu Ryu, Jinmoo Heo, Hyunmin Yang

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Flow and balance (FAB) is a non-pharmaceutical leisure-time physical activity programme, known as a common health practice for older adults in Korea. It comprises a series of coordinated dance routines, including breathing, balancing, and tapping motions performed on Korean folk music. This study explored a range of experiential characteristics associated with exercising FAB. We used in-depth interviews with older adults (n = 9) from a local community centre in a southern state of the USA who had attended a FAB programme for eight months. The data were coded and analyzed using constant comparison method. The following three themes emerged as a result of the analyses, that is, the uniqueness of the programme; its benefits for physical/mental health and social connectedness; and its role in later-life learning. We suggest that FAB is a practical and broadly applicable leisure-time physical activity for a community setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-681
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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