Patterns and correlates of time use and energy expenditure in older Australian workers: a descriptive study

Sprod, Judy A., Olds, Timothy S., Brown, Wendy J., Burton, Nicola W., van Uffelen, Jannique G., Ferrar, Katia E. and Maher, Carol A. (2016) Patterns and correlates of time use and energy expenditure in older Australian workers: a descriptive study. Maturitas, 90 64-71. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.05.009


Author Sprod, Judy A.
Olds, Timothy S.
Brown, Wendy J.
Burton, Nicola W.
van Uffelen, Jannique G.
Ferrar, Katia E.
Maher, Carol A.
Title Patterns and correlates of time use and energy expenditure in older Australian workers: a descriptive study
Journal name Maturitas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-5122
1873-4111
Publication date 2016-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.05.009
Volume 90
Start page 64
End page 71
Total pages 8
Place of publication Shannon, Clare Ireland
Publisher Elsevier Ireland
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
How people use their time has health implications, but use of time may be influenced by factors such as age, sex, education and health.

Objective
This study aimed to provide detailed information on the daily activity patterns of older working people.

Study design
139 older Australian adults (aged 50–79 years) undertook comprehensive interviews on their use of time. This paper presents a cross-sectional analysis of the baseline findings from a longitudinal study.

Main outcome measures
Use of time was measured using the Multimedia Activity Recall for Children and Adults (MARCA), administered via computer-assisted phone interview. Activity patterns were described, and compared on the basis of sex, education and health status.

Results
The main activities undertaken were sleep (mean 466 min/day), work (mean 233 min/day) and chores (mean 160 min/day), with little time spent on physical activity (mean 13 min/day). Women spent more time doing chores (p < 0.001) while men spent more time on vigorous activities (p < 0.001). Participants with “fair” health spent less time on inside chores (p = 0.05) and grooming (p = 0.02) than healthier participants.

Conclusions
Healthy lifestyle interventions for older workers should aim to increase physical activity levels by targeting specific activities, depending on sex and health status.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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