The present qualitative study emanates from a phenomenological perspective and has the purpose of creating an understanding for what a so-called “hay sack” is as well as understanding the experiences of a hay sack. In this context a hay sack refers to a person with low physical activity. Eight hay sacks between 36-58 years of age were interviewed about their experiences. Karlsson’s (1995) EPP-method was used. The analysis resulted in 13 categories. A hay sack wants to, but is unable to engage in regular physical activity as a consequence of something unidentified, possibly a psychological barrier. Being a hay sack involves thoughts and feelings which are expressed in a variety of ways such as excuses and anxiety about future health.


Physical Inactivity, Hay Sack, Keep-fit Measures, Exercise, and Motivation


The study was approved by the Ethical Board on Experimentation on Human Subjects (Forskningsetikkommittén) at Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden. This study was supported by grants from Swedish National Center for Research in Sports, Stockholm.

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