Prevalence of recreational running and behavioral characteristics of Portuguese runners: The Keep on Running national survey
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Dr. Hugo Pereira
Dr. Hugo Pereira
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The aim of this study was to estimate, in a representative sample of Portuguese adults, the prevalence of recreational running and describe the associated demographic and behavioral characteristics.Method:Recreational running was defined as running without a competitive affiliation (i.e., sports federation), at least two days and 60 minutes/week, for the past 3 months. A nationally representative sample of Portuguese adults (n=1084; 50% women), aged between 18 to 65y, was selected through a probabilistic random sample of telephone numbers. We assessed weekly physical activity habits and running behavior (including frequency, distance, setting: environment and groups, and the monitoring equipment used). Results:<\b>
The prevalence of recreational running was 10.6% (18-40y: 13.6%; 41-65y: 7.7%, p<0.05; Men: 14.6%; Women: 6.6%, p<0.05). On average, participants ran 3h, in 3.4 days, covered 20 km/week (Men: 21.3km; Women: 16.4km, p<0.05). Fifty-seven percent of the participants interrupted their regular running in the past year (averaging 2 months), and the most prevalent barrier was lack of time (43%). They reported preference to run alone( 73%), in the street (53%), and use wearables for time monitoring (44%) and music (45%).Conclusions:Overall, about one tenth of Portuguese adults ran at least two days and 60 minutes/week which is similar to other European countries. The prevalence was superior in men and in the younger age group. More than half of the runners had an interruption in the past year. Considering the accessibility, low cost of this activity and its known health benefits, physical activity promotion in Portugal should consider running related activities.
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
The aim of this study was to estimate, in a representative sample of Portuguese adults, the prevalence of recreational running and describe the associated demographic and behavioral characteristics.Method:Recreational running was defined as running without a competitive affiliation (i.e., sports federation), at least two days and 60 minutes/week, for the past 3 months. A nationally representative sample of Portuguese adults (n=1084; 50% women), aged between 18 to 65y, was selected through a probabilistic random sample of telephone numbers. We assessed weekly physical activity habits and running behavior (including frequency, distance, setting: environment and groups, and the monitoring equipment used). Results:<\b>
The prevalence of recreational running was 10.6% (18-40y: 13.6%; 41-65y: 7.7%, p<0.05; Men: 14.6%; Women: 6.6%, p<0.05). On average, participants ran 3h, in 3.4 days, covered 20 km/week (Men: 21.3km; Women: 16.4km, p<0.05). Fifty-seven percent of the participants interrupted their regular running in the past year (averaging 2 months), and the most prevalent barrier was lack of time (43%). They reported preference to run alone( 73%), in the street (53%), and use wearables for time monitoring (44%) and music (45%).Conclusions:Overall, about one tenth of Portuguese adults ran at least two days and 60 minutes/week which is similar to other European countries. The prevalence was superior in men and in the younger age group. More than half of the runners had an interruption in the past year. Considering the accessibility, low cost of this activity and its known health benefits, physical activity promotion in Portugal should consider running related activities.
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