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Objectively measured access to recreational destinations and leisure-time physical activity: Associations and demographic moderators in a six-country study

GIDLOW, Christopher, Cerin, Ester, Sugiyama, Takemi, Adams, Marc A., Mitas, Josef, Akram, Muhammad, Reis, Rodrigo S., DAVEY, Rachel, Troelsen, Jens, Schofield, Grant and Sallis, James F. (2019) Objectively measured access to recreational destinations and leisure-time physical activity: Associations and demographic moderators in a six-country study. Health & Place, 59. p. 102196. ISSN 13538292

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Within the growing body of research linking neighbourhood environmental attributes with physical activity, associations between recreational destinations and non-walking leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) are rarely studied, and to date, not across multiple cities. We examined six potential associations of objectively-measured access to private recreational facilities (e.g., fitness centres, swimming pools) and parks with adults’ non-walking LTPA (e.g., swimming, cycling, tennis), using data gathered with consistent methods from adults living in international cities with a range of environment attributes. The potential effects of socio-demographic moderators and between-city variations were also examined. Data from 6725 adults from 10 cities (6 countries) were gathered. Adults were more likely to engage in non-walking LTPA if they had a greater number of private recreational facilities within 0.5 or 1 km of the home, particularly in women, and if they lived closer to a park. The amount of non-zero LTPA was only associated (positively) with the number of recreational facilities within 1 km. Relationships between amount of LTPA and park proximity appear complex, with likely contextual and cultural differences. Improving access to private recreational facilities could promote non-walking LTPA, especially in women.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Christopher GIDLOW
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2019 10:32
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2019 10:32
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5865

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