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Physical activity and sedentary behavior: a population-based study of barriers, enjoyment, and preference

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posted on 01.01.2003, 00:00 authored by Jo SalmonJo Salmon, David CrawfordDavid Crawford, N Owen, A Bauman, J Sallis
The associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with barriers, enjoyment, and preferences were examined in a population-based mail survey of 1,332 adults. Respondents reporting high enjoyment and preference for physical activity were more likely to report high levels of activity. Those reporting cost, the weather, and personal barriers to physical activity were less likely to be physically active. Preference for sedentary behavior was associated with the decreased likelihood of being physically active, and the weather as a barrier to physical activity was associated with the increased likelihood of sedentary behavior. These constructs can be used to examine individual and environmental influences on physical activity and sedentary behavior in specific populations and could inform the development of targeted interventions.

History

Journal

Health psychology

Volume

22

Issue

2

Pagination

178 - 188

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Location

Washington, D.C.

ISSN

0278-6133

eISSN

1930-7810

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, American Psychological Association