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Associations between major life changes and pedometer-determined physical activity over 4 years in middle-aged adults in the cardiovascular risk in young Finns study

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Salin, K and Kankaanpaa, A and Yang, X and Tammelin, TH and Magnussen, CG and Telama, R and Hutri-Kahonen, N and Viikari, JSA and Raitakari, OT and Hirvensalo, M, Associations between major life changes and pedometer-determined physical activity over 4 years in middle-aged adults in the cardiovascular risk in young Finns study, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 18, (2) pp. 199-205. ISSN 1543-3080 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1123/JPAH.2019-0124

Abstract

Background: To examine if major life changes over a 4-year period among 34- to 49-year-old adults (mean = 41.8, SD = 5.0) were associated with a change in physical activity in men (37.7%) and women (62.3%).

Methods: Daily steps and aerobic steps (steps that lasted for at least 10 min without interruption at a pace of >60 steps/min) were collected from 1051 participants in 2007 and 2011. Changes in marital status, work status, and residence and the birth of a child were determined from both time points. A latent change score model was used to examine mean changes in daily total steps, aerobic steps, and nonaerobic steps (total steps minus aerobic steps).

Results: Women who had a first child in the 4-year period had a decrease in their nonaerobic steps (P = .001). Men who divorced in the 4-year period had a decrease in their nonaerobic steps (P = .020), whereas women who recoupled decreased their total steps (P = .030).

Conclusions: Counseling for parents having a first child on how to increase physical activity in their everyday life could potentially have an influence on an individual's physical activity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cohort study, longitudinal study, transitions
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Determinants of health
UTAS Author:Magnussen, CG (Associate Professor Costan Magnussen)
ID Code:147325
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-10-26
Last Modified:2021-10-26
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