The epidemiology of muscle‐strengthening and aerobic physical activity guideline adherence among 24,016 German adults

Bennie, Jason A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8668-8998 and De Cocker, Katrien and Tittlbach, Susanne (2021) The epidemiology of muscle‐strengthening and aerobic physical activity guideline adherence among 24,016 German adults. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 31 (5). pp. 1096-1104. ISSN 1600-0838


Abstract

Despite the 2016 German ‘National Recommendations for Physical Activity and Physical Activity Promotion’ stating that adults (≥18 years) should engage in: [i] ≥150 minutes of aerobic moderate‐to‐vigorous‐intensity physical activity/week (MVPA); and [ii] ≥2 days/week of muscle‐strengthening exercise (MSE), there is limited research on the descriptive epidemiology on the adherence to these guidelines among German adults. This study describes the prevalence and correlates of physical activity guideline adherence among a nationally representative sample of German adults. Data were drawn from the 2014 German Health Update survey, collected via a combination of web‐based and mail surveys. Self‐reported physical activity levels were assessed using the previously validated European Health Interview Survey Physical Activity Questionnaire. Weighted prevalence levels of the sample meeting the aerobic MVPA (≥150 minutes/week), MSE (≥2 times/week) and combined MVPA‐MSE guidelines were calculated. Poisson regressions were used to assess prevalence ratios for physical activity guideline adherence categories across sociodemographic and lifestyle‐related variables. Out of 24,016 participants (response rate = 27.6%), aged ≥18 years, 45.3% (95% CI: 44.5‐46.0%), 29.4% (95% CI: 28.7‐30.1%) and 22.6% (95% CI: 21.9‐23.2%) met the aerobic MVPA, MSE and combined guidelines, respectively. Population sub‐groups less likely to meet the combined guidelines included those with poor self‐rated health, being unemployed, low socioeconomic status, being a current smoker and those being overweight or obese. Since ~80% of German adults do not meet the nationally recommended combined aerobic MVPA‐MSE physical activity guidelines, there is a necessity for large‐scale public health interventions promoting both aerobic MVPA and MSE.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2021 02:43
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 07:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public health surveillance, Strength training, aerobic, exercise
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology
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
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420201 Behavioural epidemiology
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13922
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41376

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