2017, Volume 9, Issue 3

Different physical activity guidelines and its association with socio-demographic and anthropometric characteristics among working women

Sema Can1, Erşan Arslan2, Elżbieta Biernat3, Monika Piątkowska4

1Faculty of Sport Sciences, Hitit University, Çorum
2Physical Education and Sports School, Siirt University, Siirt
3Department of Tourism, Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics
4Department of Organization and History of Sport, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw

Author for correspondence: Sema Can; Faculty of Sport Sciences, Hitit University, Çorum; email: semacan@hitit.edu.tr

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Background: Physical activity, supporting health, wellbeing and working ability, is not only  vitally important for healthy people, but also necessary for workers, especially women. This  study aims to evaluate the relationship between meeting different physical activity guidelines and socio-demographic and anthropometric characteristics in middle-aged females from Turkey.
Material/Methods: Physical activity was assessed using the Sense Wear Armband. Logistic regression was used to determine the relationship between socio-demographic and  anthropometric criteria and the odds of meeting different physical activity guidelines.
Results: All females achieved ≥ 150 min/week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. With regard to vigorous physical activity, only 5% of women achieved ≥ 75 min/week. Among all studied socio-demographic and anthropometric characteristics only the waist-to-hip rate and income differentiated odds for meeting the World Health Organization criterion.
Conclusions: Different percentages of subjects fulfill the pro-health criteria depending on the  norm considered. We do need to identify the best criteria of PA to meet adequate health. It  is crucial to take into account time, frequency and intensity of aerobic efforts but also in relation to energy expenditure related to resistance (anaerobic) and flexibility efforts while formulating physical activity guidelines.

Key words: physical activity guidelines , objective monitoring, female