Accelerometer-Measured Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior: A Cross-Sectional Study of Brazilian Older Adults

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Background: To examine the level of physical activity and sedentary behavior (SB), measured with accelerometers, in older adults from a city in southern Brazil according to sociodemographic and health characteristics. Methods: The sample consisted of 425 older adults (≥63 y) from the EpiFloripa Aging Study. Light physical activity (LPA), moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and SB were measured with accelerometers over a period of 7 days. Results: The older adults spent two-thirds of the time of use in SB, one-third in LPA, and only 2.1% (95% confidence interval, 1.8–2.2) in MVPA. In the final adjusted model, lower levels of MVPA were observed for women, as well as higher SB and lower LPA and MVPA for those with higher age. There were also trends toward prolonged SB and lower LPA when participants had a higher educational level and toward lower MVPA with higher body mass index. Conclusions: Constant monitoring of physical activity levels and SB using objective measures is recommended and interventions should be directed at the groups most exposed to excessive SB and low levels of MVPA.

dos Santos, Manta, Benedetti, and Rech are with Postgraduation Program in Physical Education, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. Maximiano is with Undergraduate Degree in Physical Education, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. Confortin and d’Orsi are with Postgraduation Program in Collective Health, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil.

dos Santos (carlaef_uesb@hotmail.com) is corresponding author.
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