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Gender, age, and educational-attainment differences in Australian adults' participation in vigorous sporting and fitness activities

Leslie, Eva, Cerin, Ester, Gore, Christopher J., St. George, Alexis, Bauman, Adrian and Owen, Neville 2004, Gender, age, and educational-attainment differences in Australian adults' participation in vigorous sporting and fitness activities, Journal of physical activity & health, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 377-388.

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Title Gender, age, and educational-attainment differences in Australian adults' participation in vigorous sporting and fitness activities
Author(s) Leslie, Eva
Cerin, Ester
Gore, Christopher J.
St. George, Alexis
Bauman, Adrian
Owen, Neville
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health
Volume number 1
Issue number 4
Start page 377
End page 388
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2004-10
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Keyword(s) vigorous physical activity
prevalence
demographic differences
Summary Background: Participation in regular vigorous physical activity could confer health benefits additional to those derived from moderate-intensity physical activities that are currently the focus of public health strategies.
Methods: Sociodemographic differences in reported participation in vigorous sporting and fitness activities over the past 2 weeks were examined using cross-sectional data from an Australian urban population sample.
Results: Participation at least once in any form of vigorous physical activity and regular participation (six or more sessions) both decreased across successive age groups and from high to low levels of education. The most frequently reported types of vigorous physical activity were cycling (13.3%), jogging (10.1%), swimming (8.4%) for men; and, swimming (8.9%), cycling (8.8%) and aerobics (8.6%) for women.
Conclusion: Rates of regular participation in vigorous activities were low. Interventions might focus on ways to encourage younger adults to engage more regularly in these activities and to maintain participation through the lifespan.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Human Kinetics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004214

Document type: Journal Article
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