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Table 1 Description of the stages of change in relation to meeting the current physical activity recommendations

From: West End Walkers 65+: A randomised controlled trial of a primary care-based walking intervention for older adults: Study rationale and design

Stage Stage name Description of individual in terms of physical activity participation
1 Pre-contemplation Not regularly physically active and do not intend to be in the next 6 months
2 Contemplation Not regularly physically active but are thinking about becoming more active in the next 6 months
3 Preparation Do some physical activity but do not participate in regular physical activity
4 Action Regularly active but for less than 6 months
5 Maintenance Regularly active for over 6 months