Socio-demographic variations in walking for transport for recreation or exercise among adult Australians.

Cole, Rachel, Leslie, Eva, Bauman, Adrian, Donald, Maria and Owen, Neville 2006, Socio-demographic variations in walking for transport for recreation or exercise among adult Australians., Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 164-178.

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Title Socio-demographic variations in walking for transport for recreation or exercise among adult Australians.
Author(s) Cole, Rachel
Leslie, Eva
Bauman, Adrian
Donald, Maria
Owen, Neville
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 164
End page 178
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2006-04
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Keyword(s) Physical activity
Exercise
Population
Socio-demographic
Gender
Summary Background: Walking is integral to strategies to promote physical activity. We identified socio-demographic variations in walking for transport, and for recreation or exercise. Methods: Representative population data (n = 3392) from Australia were collected using computer assisted telephone interviewing, to examine adults’ participation in moderate- or brisk-paced walking for transport and walking for recreation or exercise; walking “sufficient” to meet the current public health guideline (> 150 min/wk); and, the contributions of total walking to meeting the guideline for total physical activity. Results: Rates of sufficient walking for transport (10% for men, 9% for women) were lower than those for walking for recreation or exercise (14% for both genders). Few socio-demographic differences emerged. Men over age 60 y were significantly less likely (OR = 0.40) to walk for transport; men age 45 to 59 y were more likely (OR = 1.56) to walk for recreation or exercise. Walking contributed more toward meeting the current public health guideline among women (15% to 21%) than among men (6% to 8%). Conclusions: There is potential for socially equitable increases in participation, through a focus on both walking for transport and on walking for recreation or exercise; attention to gender differences would be helpful.
Language eng
Field of Research 160305 Population Trends and Policies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Human Kinetics, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009037

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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