Knowledge of Physical Activity Guidelines and Its Association with Physical Activity and Physical Function in Older Adults

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Abstract

Older Minnesota State Fair attendees age ≥55 years were recruited to determine if physical activity (PA) guideline knowledge was associated with self-reported PA behavior and physical function. Survey data and repeated chair stands scores were collected and analyzed using logistic regression models. Participants (n = 434) were college educated (75%), women (58%) with a mean age of 65 ± 7 years. Knowledge of PA guidelines was not related to higher PA levels or better physical function. Having adequate self-reported aerobic activity levels was associated with physical function (p = .02). Better physical function (p = .01), lower body mass index (p = .03) and good general health (p < .0001) were associated with meeting PA guidelines. Health promotion efforts should focus on providing opportunities and resources for older adults to actually engage in PA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-118
Number of pages13
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020

Keywords

  • Older adults
  • physical activity guidelines
  • physical activity level
  • physical function

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