Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults

Ball, Kylie, Bauman, Adrian, Leslie, Eva and Owen, Neville 2001, Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults, Preventive medicine, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 434-440.

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Title Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and company are associated with walking for exercise among Australian adults
Author(s) Ball, Kylie
Bauman, Adrian
Leslie, Eva
Owen, Neville
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 33
Issue number 5
Start page 434
End page 440
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication San Diego, Calif
Publication date 2001-11
ISSN 0091-7435
1096-0260
Keyword(s) walking
environments
social influences
physical health
mental health
Summary Background: This study aimed to investigate relationships between environmental aesthetics, convenience, and walking companions and walking for exercise or recreation and to investigate differences in these relationships by sex and by reported physical and mental health.

Methods: Analyses of cross-sectional self-report data from a statewide population survey of 3,392 Australian adults were used.

Results: Men and women reporting a less aesthetically pleasing or less convenient environment were less likely to report walking for exercise or recreation in the past 2 weeks. Those respondents, particularly women, reporting no company or pet to walk with were also less likely to walk for exercise or recreation. Associations with environmental and social influences were observed for men and women reporting both good and poor physical and mental health.

Conclusions: Perceived environmental aesthetics and convenience and walking companions are important correlates of walking for exercise among urban Australians. Acknowledging the cross-sectional nature of these data, findings support a case for evaluation of environmental policies to promote physical activity.


Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Academic Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001239

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