Correlates of Strength Exercise in Colorectal Cancer Survivors

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Objective: To estimate the prevalence and correlates of meeting the public health strength exercise guidelines (≥2 days/week) in colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. Methods: A random sample of 600 CRC survivors in Alberta, Canada, completed a mailed questionnaire assessing medical, demographic, and behavioral variables and participation in strength exercise. Results: About a quarter (25.5%) of CRC survivors were meeting strength exercise guidelines. In multivariate analysis, meeting guidelines was associated with being male (p = .052), married (p = .079), a drinker (p = .006), in better health (p < .001), nonsmoking (p = .023), and nonobese (p = .010). Conclusions: Interventions to increase strength exercise participation in CRC survivors are needed.

Keywords: CANCER SURVIVORS; CORRELATES; PREVALENCE; STRENGTH EXERCISE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.2.3

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada. speedand@ualberta.ca 2: Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada 3: School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, University of Victoria, Canada 4: Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Canada 5: Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Canada 6: Population Health Research, Alberta Health Services, Canada

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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