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Table 2 Barriers to and facilitators of physical activity for active and inactive participants

From: “I don’t have the heart”: a qualitative study of barriers to and facilitators of physical activity for people with coronary heart disease and depressive symptoms

  Active (n = 6) Inactive (n = 9) Total (n = 15)
Barriers    
Low mood 3 5 8
Negative perceptions of health and life changes 0 7 7
Lack of motivation to exercise 0 6 6
Perceived external obstacles 2 4 6
Physical restrictions 1 4 5
Fear of exercise 2 3 5
Lack of knowledge regarding exercise 0 3 3
Facilitators    
Experiencing the psychological benefits of exercise 6 3 9
The positive role of others 4 4 8
Having a reason for exercising 4 2 6
Using psychological strategies 3 1 4