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