Objectively measured access to recreational destinations and leisure-time physical activity

Associations and demographic moderators in a six-country study

Christopher Gidlow, E. Cerin, Takemi Sugiyama, Marc A. Adams, J. Mitas, Muhammad Akram, Rodrigo S. Reis, Rachel Davey, Jens Troelsen, G. Schofield, James F. Sallis

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Within the growing body of research linking neighbourhood environmental attributes with physical activity, associations between recreational destinations and non-walking leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) are rarely studied, and to date, not across multiple cities. We examined six potential associations of objectively-measured access to private recreational facilities (e.g., fitness centres, swimming pools) and parks with adults’ non-walking LTPA (e.g., swimming, cycling, tennis), using data gathered with consistent methods from adults living in international cities with a range of environment attributes. The potential effects of socio-demographic moderators and between-city variations were also examined. Data from 6725 adults from 10 cities (6 countries) were gathered. Adults were more likely to engage in non-walking LTPA if they had a greater number of private recreational facilities within 0.5 or 1 km of the home, particularly in women, and if they lived closer to a park. The amount of non-zero LTPA was only associated (positively) with the number of recreational facilities within 1 km. Relationships between amount of LTPA and park proximity appear complex, with likely contextual and cultural differences. Improving access to private recreational facilities could promote non-walking LTPA, especially in women.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102196
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalHealth and Place
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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Gidlow, Christopher ; Cerin, E. ; Sugiyama, Takemi ; Adams, Marc A. ; Mitas, J. ; Akram, Muhammad ; Reis, Rodrigo S. ; Davey, Rachel ; Troelsen, Jens ; Schofield, G. ; Sallis, James F. / Objectively measured access to recreational destinations and leisure-time physical activity : Associations and demographic moderators in a six-country study. In: Health and Place. 2019 ; Vol. 59. pp. 1-11.
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