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]
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 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 Group:||Evaluation of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Determinants of health|
|UTAS Author:||Magnussen, CG (Associate Professor Costan Magnussen)|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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