Low Discretionary Time as a Barrier to Physical Activity and Intervention Uptake

Authors: Wolin, Kathleen Y.; Bennett, Gary G.; McNeill, Lorna H.; Sorensen, Glorian; Emmons, Karen M.

Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 32, Number 6, November 2008 , pp. 563-569(7)

Publisher: PNG Publications

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Objective : To determine whether self-reported discretionary time was associated with physical activity and uptake of a physical activity promotion intervention in a multi-ethnic urban sample.

Methods : We examined the association of self-reported discretionary time with hours/week of leisure-time physical activity at baseline and physical activity intervention uptake.

Results : Low levels of discretionary time were significantly (P<0.01) associated with fewer hours/week (0.78, 95CI1.34, 0.22) of physical activity at baseline. Discretionary time was not associated with physical activity intervention uptake.

Conclusion : Lack of discretionary time may serve as barrier to physical activity, but its importance on intervention uptake is less clear.

Keywords: personal barriers; physical activity; socioeconomic status

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.32.6.1

Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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