Women and Wellness Across the Lifespan: Exploring Female Clients from a Wellness Perspective

Michele Kerulis, Adler School of Professional Psychology, USA
Leeja Carter, Adler School of Professional Psychology, USA
Tanya Prewitt, North Park University, USA

Theme: Exercise and health behaviors

Program ID: SYM-20

Presentation: October 4, 2013 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: Elmwood


A goal of the “Women in Sports” special interest group (SIG) is to increase awareness of issues affecting women’s adherence and engagement to regular physical activity. This Women in Sports SIG sponsored symposium examines exercise participation across the lifespan. The facilitators will discuss different kinds of physical activity, women’s’ perceptions of the activities, and how these activities can be beneficial for women of all ages. Women’s participation in marathon running, engagement in mixed martial arts, and adherence to exercise will be explored. Three topics will be presented. First, Women on the Move: Examining Women’s Motivations for Marathon Running examines themes that were uncovered through semi-structured face-to-face interviews with first time marathoners several weeks before the marathon experience and again after the experience. Next, Women Mixed Martial Artists’ Personality Traits, Aggression, and Self-Perceived Wellness will provide information about a sample of adult females who participate in MMA and recommendations about encouraging non-traditional sports participation. Finally, The Reality of Today’s Female Exercisers: A Consultant’s Guide will discuss trends in women’s exercise; myths women (and men) hold regarding fitness training for women; the pervasive socio-cultural factors influencing females’ physical activity regimens; and women’s exercise fears and challenges. The presenters will encourage attendees to consider wellness as a lifelong goal and will facilitate discussions about how to help female clients reach their full potential.

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