Physical Activity of Urban-Dwelling Older People in Sri Lanka

Wickramarchchi, Bimba and Sidiah, Siop and Perera, Bilesha (2020) Physical Activity of Urban-Dwelling Older People in Sri Lanka. Indian Journal of Community Health, 32 (4). ISSN 2248-9509

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There is a paucity of information on physical activity behaviour of older adults in Sri Lanka. This study determined the physical activity status of urban-dwelling older adults in a district in the country. A cross sectional survey of 880 subjects (aged 60+ years) was conducted using the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire. The prevalence rates of physically inactive, sufficiently active and highly active were 21.5%, 78.5% and 52.7% respectively. Women were more active than men (Women, 80.9% versus men, 75.5%, p < 0.05). Activity at work accounted for the highest portion of physical activity as reported by the participants [Median = 2400 MET/Week, 95% CI: 240, 4800] followed by active transport [Median =120 MET/Week, 95% CI: 0, 560] and leisure-time activity [Median = 0 MET/Week, 95% CI: 0, 270]. Factors contributing for extensively engaging activity at work need further investigations and older adults should be encouraged to do leisure-time physical activities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older adults, Physical activity, Sri Lanka, Urban-dwelling
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2021 08:33
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2021 08:33

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