The epidemiology of walking for exercise

Implications for promoting activity among sedentary groups

P. Z. Siegel, R. M. Brackbill, Gregory Heath

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Abstract

The relative contribution of walking to overall leisure-time physical activity participation rates was studied among respondents from the 45 states that participated in the 1990 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (n = 81 557). The percentages of low income, unemployed, and obese persons who engaged in leisure-time physical activity (range = 51.1% to 57.7%) were substantialIy lower than the percentage among the total adult population (70.3%). In contrast, the prevalence of walking for exercise among these sedentary groups (range = 32.5% to 35.9%) was similar to that among the total population (35.6%). Walking appears to be an acceptable, accessible exercise activity, especially among population subgroups with a low prevalence of leisure-time physical activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-710
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume85
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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The epidemiology of walking for exercise : Implications for promoting activity among sedentary groups. / Siegel, P. Z.; Brackbill, R. M.; Heath, Gregory.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 85, No. 5, 01.01.1995, p. 706-710.

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