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Aging and resisting aging: Fitness training as a means to do so

Abstract : ‘Keep fit’ gyms have gradually evolved into fitness centers which offer new, diversified, and fashionable activities which are, above all, adapted for all ages. ​​The clients have also evolved, with ‘older’ women being attracted. Healthy life expectancy has, in fact, grown considerably over the last 20 years. The concern to age well​​, the desire to preserve one’s image (and one’s body) for oneself and for others​​, the need to appear ‘forever young,’​​ the weight of youthism in the media, just to cite a few factors among others, have engendered a democratization of ​​the ages at which people practice fitness activities in order to respond to their concerns about their bodies and how they present themselves to society. Fitness training has thus become, also in a few years, a ‘tool’ to fight against or prevent aging for women who wish to conform with the prescribed social norms.
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Jeanne-Maud Jarthon, Christophe Durand. Aging and resisting aging: Fitness training as a means to do so. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, Taylor and Francis, 2017, 40 (2), pp.251-267. ⟨10.1080/07053436.2017.1328785⟩. ⟨hal-02558484⟩



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