Comparative analysis of reported physical activity from leisure centres’ members versus the general population in Spain

LÓPEZ FERNÁNDEZ, Jorge, LÓPEZ-VALENCIANO, Alejandro, MAYO, Xián, HORTON, Elizabeth, CLAVEL, Ivan, LIGUORI, Gary and JIMENEZ GUTIERREZ, Alfonso (2021). Comparative analysis of reported physical activity from leisure centres’ members versus the general population in Spain. BMJ Open, 11 (6).

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    Abstract

    Objectives (1) To describe the physical activity (PA) levels of the members of a Spanish leisure centre operator according to age and gender; (2) to describe the differences in the three PA levels between the members of a Spanish leisure centre operator and the general Spanish population considering the PA Eurobarometer data according to their gender and age and (3) to explore the intensity origin of the PA either in Spanish members of leisure centres or the Spanish population considering their gender. Design Descriptive epidemiology study. Participants Data from 16 Spanish leisure centres (n=3627) and from the 2017 Eurobarometer 472 for Spain (n=1002) were used for this research. Primary and secondary outcomes measures The PA levels were analysed with the International Physical Activity Questionnaire short version, and respondents were grouped into physical inactivity (PIA), moderate-PA and high-PA. Moreover, gender (men or women) and age (18–29 years; 30–44 years; 45–59 years; 60–69 years; ≥70 years) were considered. Total metabolic equivalent (MET)-min/week, as well as total MET-min/week for walking intensity, moderate intensity and vigorous intensity were recorded. Results Leisure centres showed a lower prevalence of PIA and a higher prevalence of high-PA than the general population (p<0.05). Women displayed a higher prevalence of PIA and lower prevalence of high-PA than men (p<0.05). The prevalence of PIA increases with age while the prevalence of high-PA decreases. Conclusion Leisure centres engage most of their members in regular PA, including women and older adults, and these members also perform a higher number of MET in vigorous PA, than the general population.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043963
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 09:44
    Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 09:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28843

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