Which older women could benefit from interventions to decrease sitting time and increase physical activity?

van Uffelen, Jannique G.Z., Heesch, Kristiann, van Gellecum, Yolanda R., Burton, Nicola, & Brown, Wendy J. (2012) Which older women could benefit from interventions to decrease sitting time and increase physical activity? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60, pp. 393-396.

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In addition to the well-known health risks associated with lack of physical activity (PA), evidence is emerging about the health risks of sedentary behaviour (sitting). Research about patterns and correlates of sitting and PA in older women is scarce. METHODS: Self-report data from 6,116 women aged 76-81 years were collected as part of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Woman’s Health. Linear regression models were computed to examine whether demographic, social and health factors were associated with sitting and PA. RESULTS: Women who did no PA sat more than women who did any PA (p<0.001). Seven correlates were associated with sitting and PA (p<0.05). Five of these were associated with more sitting and less PA: three health-related (BMI, chronic conditions, anxiety/depression) and two social correlates (caring duties, volunteering). One demographic (being from another English-speaking country) and one social correlate (more social interaction) were associated with more sitting and more PA. Four correlates, two demographic (living in a city; post-high school education), one social (being single), and one health-related correlate (dizziness/loss of balance) were associated with more sitting only. Two other health-related correlates (stiff/painful joints; feet problems) were associated with less PA only. CONCLUSION: Sedentary behaviour and PA are distinct behaviours in older Australian women. Information about the correlates of both behaviours can be used to identify population groups who might benefit from interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour and/or increase PA.

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ID Code: 46523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: older adults, physical activity, sedentary, sitting, correlates
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03792.x
ISSN: 1532-5415 (online) 0002-8614 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2011 23:37
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2017 04:21

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