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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2001 March;41(1):62-7

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Relationship of measures of leisure time physical activity to physical fitness indicators in Spanish adults

Tuero C., De Paz J. A., Marquez S.

From the Institute of Physical Education * Department of Physiology, University of León, León, Spain


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Background. The pur­pose of our ­study was to exam­ine the asso­ci­a­tion ­between esti­mates of ener­gy expen­di­ture ­obtained by the Minnesota Leisure Time Physical Activity ques­tion­na­rie (LTPA) and phys­i­cal fit­ness indi­ca­tors.
Methods. Participants: an adap­ta­tion of the ­LTPA was ­assessed in a sam­ple of Spanish pop­u­la­tion: ­male (n=44) and ­female (n=38). Interventions: the ­LTPA 1 ­year ­recall ques­tion­naire was admin­is­tered ­twice ­with a 12-­month inter­val and par­tic­i­pants ­also respond­ed month­ly the Four Week Physical Activity History (FWH) ques­tion­naire. Measures: ­test-­retest reli­abil­ity of the ­LTPA and the rela­tion­ships ­between chang­es in V.O2max, per­cent ­body fat and lei­sure ­time phys­i­cal activ­ity ­were exam­ined.
Results. Corresponding com­po­nents of the ­LTPA and the FHW ­were high­ly cor­re­lat­ed and ­scores in ­heavy lei­sure ­time activ­ities and house­hold ­chores ­showed a rel­a­tive­ly low var­i­ance ­ratio, indi­cat­ing an accept­able reli­abil­ity of the ques­tion­naire. Heavy inten­sity phys­i­cal activ­ity and house­hold ­chores ­were high­ly relat­ed to V.O2max and ­there was a weak­er asso­ci­a­tion to mod­er­ate or ­light activ­ity.
Conclusions. Our ­results sug­gest ­that the Spanish ver­sion of the ­LTPA is a rel­a­tive­ly val­id and reli­able meas­ure of reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity and a val­id esti­ma­tor of car­di­o­res­pir­a­to­ry fit­ness in ­adults.

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