Self-reported health-enhancing physical activity recommendation adherence among 64,380 finnish adults

Bennie, J. A. ORCID: and Pedisic, Z. and Suni, J. H. and Tokola, K. and Husu, P. and Biddle, S. J. H. ORCID: and Vasankari, T. (2017) Self-reported health-enhancing physical activity recommendation adherence among 64,380 finnish adults. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 27 (2). pp. 1842-1853. ISSN 0905-7188


The Finnish recommendations for health-enhancing physical activity (PA) for adults (≥18 years) recommend: (i) ≥150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) and (ii) activities that develop muscle strength and balance ≥2 days/week. However, adherence to these recommendations among the Finnish adults is currently unknown. This study reports on the self-reported adherence to the PA recommendations and associations with sociodemographic factors among Finnish adults. Data were used from the Finnish 'Regional Health and Well-being Study'. In 2013-2014, postal questionnaires were sent to 132,560 persons, with 69,032 responding (response rate =52.1%). The weighted proportions adhering to the: (i) MVPA recommendation, (ii) sufficient muscle-strengthening activity (≥2 days/week), (iii) sufficient balance training (≥2 days/week), and (iv) Finnish health-enhancing PA recommendations (Finnish recommendations) were calculated. Associations with sociodemographic variables (eg, age, education level, self-rated health) were assessed using multiple logistic regression analyses. Of 69,032 respondents, 92.6% (n=64,380, response rate =48.6%, 18-98 years) reported on their physical activity levels. A total of 31.2% (95% CI: 30.8%-31.6%) met the aerobic MVPA recommendation, 17.2% (95% CI: 16.9%-17.6%) reported sufficient muscle-strengthening activity, 6.7% (95% CI: 6.4%-6.9%) reported sufficient balance training, and 10.8% (95% CI: 10.5%-11.1%) met the Finnish recommendations. In the adjusted analysis, those with poorer self-rated health, older age, lower education levels, and those classified overweight or obese were independently associated with lower odds of meeting the Finnish recommendations. The vast majority of Finnish adults do not meet the full PA recommendations. Public health action is needed to increase PA in Finland.

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Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 02:11
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2021 06:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: aerobic activity; balance training; physical activity epidemiology; public health; strength training
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
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