Active or Sedentary? Objectively Measured Physical Activity of Latinos and Implications for Intervention

in Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Latinos have the lowest leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) rates. However, measurement of only LTPA might underestimate total physical activity. This study compares the objective physical activity of Latinos reporting high or low levels of LTPA and also compares gender differences.


Data were obtained from 148 Latinos (n = 83 women, n = 65 men). Freedson cut points were employed to determine daily minutes of activity.


Latinos reporting high LTPA engaged in more daily minutes of vigorous and very vigorous activity than Latinos reporting low LTPA (P values < .05). There was no difference in daily minutes of moderate-intensity activity (P = .12), with both groups of Latinos meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. Men engaged in more daily minutes of moderate activity than women (P < .01).


Many Latinos met physical activity guidelines even when reporting low levels of LTPA. Future studies should determine whether equivalent health benefits are achieved by meeting guidelines through LTPA and non-LTPA.

Marquez and Bustamante are with the Dept of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612. McAuley is with the Depts of Kinesiology and Community Health, Psychology, and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801. Roberts is with the Dept of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.