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Physical activity, walking and leanness: An analysis of the Northern Ireland Sport and Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS)

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Murphy, Marie, Donnelly, Paul, Shibli, Simon, Foster, Charlie and Nevill, Alan (2012) Physical activity, walking and leanness: An analysis of the Northern Ireland Sport and Physical Activity Survey (SAPAS). Preventive Medicine, 54 (2). pp. 140-144. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.12.008

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ObjectiveTo report on the contribution walking makes to total weekly physical activity and the relationship between the volume and intensity of walking and leanness in a representative sample of the Northern Ireland population.Method4563 adults participated in this cross-sectional survey of physical activity behaviour. Self-reported height and weight was used to determine inverse body mass index (iBMI) as a measure of leanness. Data across all domains of physical activity including self-reported volume and intensity of walking (in bouts of 10 min or more) were analysed to determine their contribution to leanness using ANCOVA, having controlled for age, gender, socio-economic and smoking status.ResultsOver 68% of the participants reported walking > 10 minutes during the previous week but only 24% report walking at a brisk or fast pace. Time walking at a brisk or fast pace for personal transport was identified as having the strongest positive association with being lean (F1,4256 = 10.45, β = 0.051 cm2 kg− 1 min− 1 (SE = 0.016),P = 0.001).ConclusionsIn addition to increasing the amount of walking and the percentage of people walking regularly, public health messages encouraging an increase in walking pace may be valuable to increase the proportion of the population meeting physical activity guidelines and gaining associated health benefits.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:21075
Deposited By:Professor Marie Murphy
Deposited On:14 Feb 2012 09:37
Last Modified:29 Oct 2012 15:58

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