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Associations between physical activity and health-related fitness – volume versus pattern

Knaeps, Sara et Bourgois, Jan G. et Charlier, Ruben et Mertens, Evelien et Lefevre, Johan (2017). Associations between physical activity and health-related fitness – volume versus pattern. Journal of Sports Sciences, 35 (6). pp. 539-546. ISSN 0264-0414 DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1178393.

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Approximately 3.2 million people die of non-communicable diseases (NCD) each year due to insufficient physical activity. Physical activity guidelines are possibly perceived as too demanding and might thus pose a barrier. We addressed the question if a more stable physical activity pattern is associated with higher levels of health-related fitness than one with high and low intensities, regardless of the physical activity level (PAL). Physical activity was objectively measured in 296 men and women (53.7 ± 8.94 years) with the SenseWear Pro Armband?. Using this data, the PAL and a Gini index were calculated to report the physical activity pattern. Health-related fitness was expressed as a fitness index. PAL was weakly correlated to health-related fitness (r = 0.38, P < .0001). The Gini index was also weakly correlated to the fitness index (r = 0.23, P < .0001). Results of the ANCOVA showed that participants in the first quartile of PAL always scored significantly lower for health-related fitness than participants in quartile four, after adjustment for the Gini index. These results suggest that as long as the volume of physical activity is high, health-related fitness will be high as well, independent of the physical activity pattern or variability in intensities throughout the day.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: VAPEN Gini-index Physical activity pattern Physical activity level Non-communicable diseases SenseWear
Déposé par: Veille References
Date de dépôt: 09 mars 2017 13:42
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