Older Adults’ Self-Reported Physical Activity and Distance to and Land Use Around Reported Physical Exercise Destinations

Click name to view affiliation

Essi-Mari Tuomola Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and Gerontology Research Center, University of Jyvaskyla, Jyväskylä, Finland

Search for other papers by Essi-Mari Tuomola in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1782-6111 *
,
Kirsi E. Keskinen Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and Gerontology Research Center, University of Jyvaskyla, Jyväskylä, Finland

Search for other papers by Kirsi E. Keskinen in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9876-5658
,
Timo Hinrichs Division of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Search for other papers by Timo Hinrichs in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6200-307X
,
Taina Rantanen Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences and Gerontology Research Center, University of Jyvaskyla, Jyväskylä, Finland

Search for other papers by Taina Rantanen in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1604-1945
, and
Erja Portegijs University Medical Center Groningen, Center for Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Search for other papers by Erja Portegijs in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5205-9616
Restricted access

Little is known about older adults’ physical exercise destinations. We studied associations between physical activity (PA) level and physical exercise destinations (total number and surrounding environment) in community-dwelling 75- to 85-year-old adults living in Central Finland. Participants (N = 901) reported the amount of at least moderate-intensity PA and physical exercise destinations. Distance from home, land use, and locations of sport facilities were defined using a geographic information system. A general linear model showed that older adults with higher PA reported higher numbers of physical exercise destinations and destinations further away from home than those reporting lower PA. Binary logistic regression showed that higher PA increased the odds of reporting a distant destination identified as a sports facility and of reporting destinations located in residential, service, forest, and water body areas, respectively. Physical exercise destinations in different environments may attract older people to go out and be more physically active.

  • Collapse
  • Expand
  • Barnett, D.W., Barnett, A., Nathan, A., Van Cauwenberg, J., Cerin, E., & The Council on Environment and Physical Activity (CEPA) – Older Adults Working Group. (2017). Built environmental correlates of older adults’ total physical activity and walking: A systematic review and meta-analysis. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1), Article 103. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-017-0558-z

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bonaccorsi, G., Manzi, F., Del Riccio, M., Setola, N., Naldi, E., Milani, C., Giorgetti, D., Dellisanti, C., & Lorini, C. (2020). Impact of the built environment and the neighborhood in promoting the physical activity and the healthy aging in older people: An umbrella review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17), Article 6127. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176127

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Boscoe, F.P., Henry, K.A., & Zdeb, M.S. (2012). A nationwide comparison of driving distance versus straight-line distance to hospitals. The Professional Geographer, 64(2), 188196. https://doi.org/10.1080/00330124.2011.583586

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Chaudhury, H., Campo, M., Michael, Y., & Mahmood, A. (2016). Neighbourhood environment and physical activity in older adults. Social Science & Medicine, 149, 104113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.12.011

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Dipietro, L., Caspersen, C.J., Ostfeld, A.M., & Nadel, E.R. (1993). A survey for assessing physical activity among older adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 25(5), 628642. https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/1993/05000/A_survey_for_assessing_physical_activity_among.16.aspx

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) (partly LUKE, MAVI, LIVI, DVV, EU, NLS Topographic Database 01/2017). (2018). Corine land cover 2018, 20m. Finnish Environment Institute. Retrieved April 7, 2021 from https://www.syke.fi/en-US/Open_information/Spatial_datasets/Downloadable_spatial_dataset

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. (2019). Digiroad Publication 1/2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019 from https://ava.vaylapilvi.fi/ava/Tie/Digiroad/Aineistojulkaisut

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Folstein, M.F., Folstein, S.E., & McHugh, P.R. (1975). "Mini-mental state". A practical method for grading the cognitive state of patients for the clinician. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 12(3), 189198. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-3956(75)90026-6

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Gough, C., Weber, H., George, S., Maeder, A., & Lewis, L. (2021). Location monitoring of physical activity and participation in community dwelling older people: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 43(2), 270283. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1618928

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Gul, Y., Sultan, Z., & Johar, F. (2016). Effects of neighborhood’s built environment on physical activities in gated communities: A review. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 3(1), 6069. https://doi.org/10.11113/ijbes.v3.n1.112

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Hasanzadeh, K., Broberg, A., & Kyttä, M. (2017). Where is my neighborhood? A dynamic individual-based definition of home ranges and implementation of multiple evaluation criteria. Applied Geography, 84, 110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.04.006

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kajosaari, A., & Laatikainen, T.E. (2020). Adults’ leisure-time physical activity and the neighborhood built environment: A contextual perspective. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19(1), Article 35. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12942-020-00227-z

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kerr, J., Sallis, J.F., Saelens, B.E., Cain, K.L., Conway, T.L., Frank, L.D., & King, A.C. (2012). Outdoor physical activity and self rated health in older adults living in two regions of the U.S. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), Article 89. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-9-89

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Kestens, Y., Wasfi, R., Naud, A., & Chaix, B. (2017). “Contextualizing context”: Reconciling environmental exposures, social networks, and location preferences in health research. Current Environmental Health Reports, 4(1), 5160. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40572-017-0121-8

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Laatikainen, T.E., Hasanzadeh, K., & Kyttä, M. (2018). Capturing exposure in environmental health research: Challenges and opportunities of different activity space models. International Journal of Health Geographics, 17(1), Article 29. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12942-018-0149-5

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Lipas Sport Facility Database. (2018). Lipas-data 2/2018. University of Jyväskylä. Retrieved May 31, 2021 from https://doi.org/10.17011/dvn/dataset/11302/10084

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Liu, Z., Kemperman, A., & Timmermans, H. (2021). Correlates of frequency of outdoor activities of older adults: Empirical evidence from Dalian, China. Travel Behaviour and Society, 22, 108116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tbs.2020.09.003

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • McCormack, G.R., Giles-Corti, B., Bulsara, M., & Pikora, T.J. (2006). Correlates of distances traveled to use recreational facilities for physical activity behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 3, Article 18. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-3-18

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • McPhee, J.S., French, D.P., Jackson, D., Nazroo, J., Pendleton, N., & Degens, H. (2016). Physical activity in older age: Perspectives for healthy ageing and frailty. Biogerontology, 17(3), 567580. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10522-016-9641-0

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Moran, M., Van Cauwenberg, J., Hercky-Linnewiel, R., Cerin, E., Deforche, B., & Plaut, P. (2014). Understanding the relationships between the physical environment and physical activity in older adults: A systematic review of qualitative studies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11, Article 79. https://doi.org/10.1186/1479-5868-11-79

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Piercy, K.L., Troiano, R.P., Ballard, R.M., Carlson, S.A., Fulton, J.E., Galuska, D.A., George, S.M., & Olson, R.D. (2018). The physical activity guidelines for Americans. JAMA, 320(19), 20202028. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.14854

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Portegijs, E., Karavirta, L., Saajanaho, M., Rantalainen, T., & Rantanen, T. (2019). Assessing physical performance and physical activity in large population-based aging studies: Home-based assessments or visits to the research center? BMC Public Health, 19(1), Article 1570. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7869-8

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Portegijs, E., Keskinen, K.E., Eronen, J., Saajanaho, M., Rantakokko, M., & Rantanen, T. (2020). Older Adults’ physical activity and the relevance of distances to neighborhood destinations and barriers to outdoor mobility. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, Article 335. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.00335

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Portegijs, E., Keskinen, K.E., Tuomola, E.-M., Hinrichs, T., Saajanaho, M., & Rantanen, T. (2021). Older adults’ activity destinations before and during COVID-19 restrictions: From a variety of activities to mostly physical exercise close to home. Health & Place, 68, Article 102533. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102533

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Portegijs, E., Tsai, L.-T., Rantanen, T., & Rantakokko, M. (2015). Moving through life-space areas and objectively measured physical activity of older people. PLoS One, 10(8), Article e0135308. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0135308

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rai, R., Jongenelis, M.I., Jackson, B., Newton, R.U., & Pettigrew, S. (2019). Exploring factors associated with physical activity in older adults: An ecological approach. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 27(3), 343353. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2018-0148

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rantanen, H., & Kahila, M. (2009). The SoftGIS approach to local knowledge. Journal of Environmental Management, 90(6), 19811990. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2007.08.025

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rantanen, T., Saajanaho, M., Karavirta, L., Siltanen, S., Rantakokko, M., Viljanen, A., Rantalainen, T., Pynnönen, K., Karvonen, A., Lisko, I., Palmberg, L., Eronen, J., Palonen, E.-M., Hinrichs, T., Kauppinen, M., Kokko, K., & Portegijs, E. (2018). Active aging—Resilience and external support as modifiers of the disablement outcome: AGNES cohort study protocol. BMC Public Health, 18(1), Article 565. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5487-5

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Schmidt, T., Kerr, J., Kestens, Y., & Schipperijn, J. (2019). Challenges in using wearable GPS devices in low-income older adults: Can map-based interviews help with assessments of mobility? Translational Behavioral Medicine, 9(1), 99109. https://doi.org/10.1093/tbm/iby009

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Shahid, R., Bertazzon, S., Knudtson, M.L, & Ghali, W.A. (2009). Comparison of distance measures in spatial analytical modeling for health service planning. BMC Health Service Research, 9, Article 200. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-9-200

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Steene-Johannessen, J., Anderssen, S.A., Van Der Ploeg, H.P., Hendriksen, I.J.M., Donnelly, A.E., Brage, S., & Ekelund, U. (2016). Are self-report measures able to define individuals as physically active or inactive? Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 48(2), 235244. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0000000000000760

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Sugiyama, T., Neuhaus, M., Cole, R., Giles-Corti, B., & Owen, N. (2012). Destination and route attributes associated with adults’ walking: A review. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(7), 12751286. https://doi.org/10.1249/MSS.0b013e318247d286

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Vale, D.S., & Pereira, M. (2016). Influence on pedestrian commuting behavior of the built environment surrounding destinations: A structural equations modeling approach. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 10(8), 730741. https://doi.org/10.1080/15568318.2016.1144836

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Van Cauwenberg, J., Cerin, E., Timperio, A., Salmon, J., Deforche, B., & Veitch, J. (2015). Park proximity, quality and recreational physical activity among mid-older aged adults: Moderating effects of individual factors and area of residence. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), Article 46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-015-0205-5

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Van Cauwenberg, J., Nathan, A., Barnett, A., Barnett, D.W., Cerin, E., & The Council on Environment and Physical Activity (CEPA)-Older Adults Working Group. (2018). Relationships between neighbourhood physical environmental attributes and older adults’ leisure-time physical activity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 48(7), 16351660. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-018-0917-1

    • PubMed
    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 1323 447 34
Full Text Views 598 270 2
PDF Downloads 310 147 2