Health benefits of serious involvement in leisure activities among older korean adults

Junhyoung Kim, Naoko Yamada, Jinmoo Heo, Areum Han

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The existing literature suggests that serious engagement in leisure activities leads to happiness, life satisfaction, and successful aging among older adults. This qualitative study was used to examine the benefits of serious involvement in leisure activities among older Korean adults who were members of a sports club. Using an analytic data analysis, we identified three main themes associated with the benefits of serious engagement in leisure activities: 1) the experience of psychological benefits, 2) the creation of social support, and 3) the enhancement of physical health. These themes indicate that, through serious involvement in certain physical activities, participants gain various health benefits, which may contribute to successful aging.

Original languageEnglish
Article number24616
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 3


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Gerontology
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy

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