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Lifespan snapshot of physical activity assessed by accelerometry in Porto

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The purpose of the study is to evaluate age and gender differences in objectively measured levels of physical activity (PA) in a large and diverse sample of residents from an urban area in Porto, Portugal. Methods: Participants included 822 residents, 334 males (41%), and 488 females (59%), aged 6 to 90 years. GT1M accelerometer was used to assess daily PA over 7 consecutive days, and the measurement was from October (2007) to June (2008). Results: Males were more active than females. This difference was attenuated in the 2 oldest age groups (40-59 and 60+ yrs). An accentuated declined in all PA variables occurred between the youngster group (6-11 yrs) and adolescents group (12-19 yrs). Surprisingly, young adults (20-39 yrs) engaged in more moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) than adolescents. Further, females also had higher MVPA in the fourth group (40-59 yrs) compared with the second group (12-19 yrs). Males had higher compliance rates of PA guidelines than females regardless the age group considered. Adolescents had very low compliance rates (females = 18.18%; males = 33.50%). Conclusions: Porto metropolitan area residents had low rates of compliance with current PA guidelines. A low level of PA in Porto adolescents is a matter of concern and suggests that interventions are needed.

UOW Authors


  •   Silva, Pedro (external author)
  •   Aires, Luisa (external author)
  •   Roberto Dos Santos, Rute (external author)
  •   Vale, Susana (external author)
  •   Welk, Gregory (external author)
  •   Mota, Jorge (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Silva, P., Aires, L., Santos, R. M., Vale, S., Welk, G. & Mota, J. (2011). Lifespan snapshot of physical activity assessed by accelerometry in Porto. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8 (3), 352-360.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79951938936

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1905

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 360

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Background: The purpose of the study is to evaluate age and gender differences in objectively measured levels of physical activity (PA) in a large and diverse sample of residents from an urban area in Porto, Portugal. Methods: Participants included 822 residents, 334 males (41%), and 488 females (59%), aged 6 to 90 years. GT1M accelerometer was used to assess daily PA over 7 consecutive days, and the measurement was from October (2007) to June (2008). Results: Males were more active than females. This difference was attenuated in the 2 oldest age groups (40-59 and 60+ yrs). An accentuated declined in all PA variables occurred between the youngster group (6-11 yrs) and adolescents group (12-19 yrs). Surprisingly, young adults (20-39 yrs) engaged in more moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) than adolescents. Further, females also had higher MVPA in the fourth group (40-59 yrs) compared with the second group (12-19 yrs). Males had higher compliance rates of PA guidelines than females regardless the age group considered. Adolescents had very low compliance rates (females = 18.18%; males = 33.50%). Conclusions: Porto metropolitan area residents had low rates of compliance with current PA guidelines. A low level of PA in Porto adolescents is a matter of concern and suggests that interventions are needed.

UOW Authors


  •   Silva, Pedro (external author)
  •   Aires, Luisa (external author)
  •   Roberto Dos Santos, Rute (external author)
  •   Vale, Susana (external author)
  •   Welk, Gregory (external author)
  •   Mota, Jorge (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Silva, P., Aires, L., Santos, R. M., Vale, S., Welk, G. & Mota, J. (2011). Lifespan snapshot of physical activity assessed by accelerometry in Porto. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8 (3), 352-360.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-79951938936

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1905

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 360

Volume


  • 8

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United States