Older Adults’ Self-Reported Physical Activity and Distance to and Land Use Around Reported Physical Exercise Destinations
Tuomola, E.-M., Keskinen, K. E., Hinrichs, T., Rantanen, T., & Portegijs, E. (2023). Older Adults’ Self-Reported Physical Activity and Distance to and Land Use Around Reported Physical Exercise Destinations. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 31(4), 568-575. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2022-0105
Published inJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
DisciplineGerontologia ja kansanterveysResurssiviisausyhteisöGerontology and Public HealthSchool of Resource Wisdom
© Human Kinetics 2023
Little is known about older adults’ physical exercise destinations. We studied associations between physical activity (PA) level and physical exercise destinations (total number and surrounding environment) in community-dwelling 75- to 85-year-old adults living in Central Finland. Participants (N = 901) reported the amount of at least moderate-intensity PA and physical exercise destinations. Distance from home, land use, and locations of sport facilities were defined using a geographic information system. A general linear model showed that older adults with higher PA reported higher numbers of physical exercise destinations and destinations further away from home than those reporting lower PA. Binary logistic regression showed that higher PA increased the odds of reporting a distant destination identified as a sports facility and of reporting destinations located in residential, service, forest, and water body areas, respectively. Physical exercise destinations in different environments may attract older people to go out and be more physically active. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland; European Commission; Ministry of Education and Culture
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF; Others
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Additional information about fundingThis work was financially supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture [to Portegijs], the European Research Council (grant no. 693045; Advanced Grant to Rantanen), the Academy of Finland (grant no. 310526 to Rantanen), and the Juho Vainio Foundation [to Portegijs and Keskinen].
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