Motivations, constraints, and lifestyle adjustments associated with urban Taiwanese women’s use of sport and health clubs

Chun-Chang Yen1, Li-Hsing Ho1, Wei-San Su2, Yao-Shun Hsueh3, Hsiu-Chin Huang1
1Department of Technology Management, Chung Hua University, Taiwan
2Graduate School of Leisure and Exercise Studies, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
3Department of Sports, Health, and Leisure, Yung Ta Institute of Technology and Commerce, Taiwan
Cite this article:  Yen, C., Ho, L., Su, W., Hsueh, Y., & Huang, H. (2012). Motivations, constraints, and lifestyle adjustments associated with urban Taiwanese women’s use of sport and health clubs. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40, 971-982.

Volume 40 Issue 6 | e2729 | Published: July 2012 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.6.971

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The current emphasis on women’s health and gender egalitarianism in Taiwan means that urban women are joining sport and health clubs in pursuit of self-development. The aim in this study was to develop and analyze the motivations, constraints, and methods of lifestyle adjustment in regard to urban women’s use of sport and health clubs in Taiwan. Participants were 373 women from 5 cities in Taiwan and tests were conducted using structural equation modeling. The results indicated that the motivations, constraints, and lifestyle adjustments with regard to leisure sports positively affected women’s participation in sports clubs. Specifically, although participation constrains acted as crucial antecedent variables influencing motivations to participate, they did not have any influence on lifestyle adjustments. Based on the results of this study, suggestions are made about management and policies of sport and health clubs.

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