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Measuring the Actual Levels and Patterns of Physical Activity/Inactivity of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

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Background  Lack of regular physical activity is a significant risk to health. The aim of this study was to objectively measure the levels and patterns of activity of adults with intellectual disabilities, to inform the design of studies aimed at increasing activity and health in this population.

Materials and Methods  Interviews were conducted with 62 community‐based adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities at the start and at the end of a 7‐day period of physical activity/inactivity measurement using an activity monitor.

Results  Forty‐one (66%) participants wore the activity monitor at least 5 days. Of these, only 11 (27%) achieved the recommended 10 000 steps per day, and only six (15%) were achieving the recommended ≥30 min of moderate/vigorous activity at least 5 days per week.

Conclusions  Adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities have low levels of physical activity.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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