Age-related differences in physical activity levels of young adults.

Leslie, Eva, Fotheringham, Michael, Owen, Neville and Bauman, Adrian 2001, Age-related differences in physical activity levels of young adults., Medicine and science in sports and exercise, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 255-258, doi: 10.1097/00005768-200102000-00014.

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Title Age-related differences in physical activity levels of young adults.
Author(s) Leslie, Eva
Fotheringham, Michael
Owen, Neville
Bauman, Adrian
Journal name Medicine and science in sports and exercise
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 255
End page 258
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Baltimore, MD
Publication date 2001-02
ISSN 0195-9131
Summary Purpose: To examine age-related differences in the physical activity behaviors of young adults.

Methods: We examined rates of participation in vigorous- and moderate-intensity leisure-time activity and walking, as well as an index of physical activity sufficient for health benefits in three Australian cross-sectional samples, for the age ranges of 18–19, 20–24, and 25–29 yr. Data were collected in 1991, 1996, and 1997/8.

Results: There was at least a 15% difference in vigorous-intensity leisure-time physical activity from the 18–19 yr to the 25–29 yr age groups, and at least a 10% difference in moderate-intensity leisure-time physical activity. For the index of sufficient activity there was a difference between 9 and 21% across age groups. Differences in rates of walking were less than 8%. For all age groups, males had higher rates of participation for vigorous and moderate-intensity activity than did females, but females had much higher rates of participation in walking than males. Age-associated differences in activity levels were more apparent for males.

Conclusions: Promoting walking and various forms of moderate-intensity physical activities to young adult males, and encouraging young adult females to adopt other forms of moderate-intensity activity to complement walking may help to ameliorate decreases in physical activity over the adult lifespan.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/00005768-200102000-00014
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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