Adults with cardiovascular disease are a large segment of the Canadian population. Cardiac rehabilitation programs have been implemented to help these individuals manage their chronic disease. Physical activity is one key component of cardiac rehabilitation. Recent studies have shown that after completing the cardiac rehabilitation program, individuals are not able to maintain their physical activity levels.
Therefore more research is needed to identify what strategies or variables are needed to help these individuals continue to partake in physical activity after the completion of a cardiac rehabilitation program. The proposed research will focus on this specific issue. First, a set of studies will be conducted to identify the variables related to physical activity maintenance in adults who completed cardiac rehabilitation. Second, an intervention program will be designed specifically aimed at the variables identified in the first set of studies. Finally, the intervention program will undergo initial tests. These tests will allow for the intervention to be adapted and optimized. The results of these studies will provide us with a greater understanding of the variables related to physical activity maintenance and lead to the design and initial evaluation of an intervention program for this population.
Overall, this program of research can help understand a very important issue in the physical activity domain in goal of improving the health and quality of life of adults living with cardiovascular disease.