Seasonal variation in physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns during spring and autumn in central european older adults
ISPAH ePoster Library. University Palacky P. 10/15/18; 225359; 143
Mrs. Palacky University Palacky
Mrs. Palacky University Palacky
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Despite the evidence of the important influence of environmental determinants on physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) patterns in elderly population, differences in PA and SB by mild seasons of the year (spring and autumn) were not investigated in detail yet. Spring and autumn in the Central European climate have very similar weather conditions. Therefore, this study aimed to compare weather conditions between spring and autumn and their effect on PA and SB patterns in older adults using a repeated-measures design.Method: The study sample consisted of 72 older adults (mean age 64±6 years) from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia (one city per country), who voluntarily underwent the PA and SB measurement using accelerometers. Each participant was measured once in spring (April–mid-June) and once in autumn season (October–mid-December). Information on daylight length, daily average of precipitation and temperature was obtained from local weather stations. Logistic regression and paired t-test were used to examine the associations between these variables and PA and SB. Results:<\b>
Overall, there were no significant differences (p>0.05) in SB, light-intensity PA and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) between spring and autumn measurements. The season of the year had no impact on achievement of MVPA recommendations (300 minutes of MVPA/week). Conclusion:<\b>
The present findings suggest that the differences in weather during spring and autumn play only a limited role on PA and SB patterns in Central European older adults.
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Despite the evidence of the important influence of environmental determinants on physical activity (PA) and sedentary behaviour (SB) patterns in elderly population, differences in PA and SB by mild seasons of the year (spring and autumn) were not investigated in detail yet. Spring and autumn in the Central European climate have very similar weather conditions. Therefore, this study aimed to compare weather conditions between spring and autumn and their effect on PA and SB patterns in older adults using a repeated-measures design.Method: The study sample consisted of 72 older adults (mean age 64±6 years) from Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia (one city per country), who voluntarily underwent the PA and SB measurement using accelerometers. Each participant was measured once in spring (April–mid-June) and once in autumn season (October–mid-December). Information on daylight length, daily average of precipitation and temperature was obtained from local weather stations. Logistic regression and paired t-test were used to examine the associations between these variables and PA and SB. Results:<\b>
Overall, there were no significant differences (p>0.05) in SB, light-intensity PA and moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) between spring and autumn measurements. The season of the year had no impact on achievement of MVPA recommendations (300 minutes of MVPA/week). Conclusion:<\b>
The present findings suggest that the differences in weather during spring and autumn play only a limited role on PA and SB patterns in Central European older adults.
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