Physically Active Leisure and the Transition to Retirement: The Value of Context

Liechty, Toni; Genoe, M. Rebecca and Marston, Hannah R. (2017). Physically Active Leisure and the Transition to Retirement: The Value of Context. Annals of Leisure Research, 20(1) pp. 23–38.



The purpose of this paper is to explore the everyday experiences of physically active leisure during the transition to retirement. Twenty-five adults aged 47–66 who were recently retired or nearing retirement blogged during three different two-week sessions over one year and participated in follow up focus groups. Data were analysed using initial, focused, and selective coding. Findings provided insights into participants’ experiences of physically active leisure in the context of their everyday lives. First, increased freedom in daily schedules led to both appreciation for spontaneity and a desire for structure. Second, participants experienced new constraints related to the loss of social networks and work-related physical activity. Finally, participants described physically active leisure as being connected to meaningful outcomes such as enjoying the outdoors, stress-relief, or socializing with family and friends. Physically active leisure was described as one health priority among many and one of several healthy leisure alternatives.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 47813
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 2159-6816
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Insight Development Grant430-2013-00124Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council
  • Extra Information
  • Special issue: Critical Perspectives on Physical Activity, Sport, Play and Leisure in Later Life
  • Keywords
  • Ageing; older adults; online qualitative research methods; physically active leisure; retirement
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Research Group
  • Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2016 Australia and New Zealand Association of Leisure Studies
  • Depositing User
  • Hannah Marston