Leisure time physical activity in Australian women: Relationship with well being and symptoms

Brown, WJ, Mishra, G, Lee, C and Bauman, A (2000) Leisure time physical activity in Australian women: Relationship with well being and symptoms. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 71 3: 206-216. doi:10.1080/09638280110105286

Author Brown, WJ
Mishra, G
Lee, C
Bauman, A
Title Leisure time physical activity in Australian women: Relationship with well being and symptoms
Journal name Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0270-1367
Publication date 2000-01-01
Year available 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09638280110105286
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 71
Issue 3
Start page 206
End page 216
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington DC
Publisher AAHPERD
Language eng
Subject C1
730201 Women's health
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract The paper explores the association between moderate levels of physical activity (PA) and health benefits in well being and symptoms such as tiredness, back pain, and constipation. Participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, 14,502 young women (ages 18-23 years), 13,609 middle-age women (45-50 years), and 11,421 older women (ages 70-75 years), answered questions about vigorous and less vigorous exercise (used to determine a physical activity score), well being (SF-36), symptoms, and medical conditions. There were significant associations between the PA score and SF-36 in each cohort. Odds ratios (OR) for a range of symptoms and conditions were lower for women who reported low to moderate activity than for sedentary women, for exampled, for young women or for constipation = 0.76 (CI, 0.65-0.89), for middle-age women or for tiredness = 0.70 (0.63-0.78). There was no threshold of PA at which health benefits increased significantly. Although cross-sectional, the findings suggest that low-to-moderate levels of exercise are associated with a range of health benefits for women of all ages. These preliminary findings will be followed up during the longitudinal study.
Keyword Psychology
Sport Sciences
Psychology, Applied
Cohort Study
Postmenopausal Women
Older Women
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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