Associations Between Physical Activity and Other Lifestyle Behaviors in Older New Zealanders

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Background:

Physical activity is a key component of healthy aging. We investigated the relationships between physical activity measures and lifestyle risk factors.

Methods:

Representative population data (N = 1894) of New Zealand adults aged 60 years and older were analysed to study the association between physical activity, smoking, overweight and fruit and vegetable consumption.

Results:

Activity prevalence of four activity measures were 18.3% inactive/sedentary; 67.6% some recreational walking; 30.7% some vigorous activity; and 51.4% regular physical activity. Females were more likely than males to be inactive and activity levels decreased across age groups. Activity displayed a negative association to smoking and being overweight or obese, and a positive association with fruit and vegetable consumption.

Conclusion:

Associations between lifestyle risk factors and physical activity indicate a need to address the issue of healthy aging by means of a multi-factorial approach.

Mummery is with School of Health and Human Performance, Central Queensland University, Australia; Kolt and Schofield are with Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; McLean is with the Policy & Research Unit, Sport and Recreation New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand.