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Correlates of Cardiorespiratory and Muscular Fitness among Brazilian Adolescents

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Objective: To analyze socioeconomic indicators, physical activity (PA) opportunities, and behavioral correlates of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness among Brazilian boys and girls. Methods: A sample of 1555 adolescents was randomly selected. Age- and sex-specific standard scores were calculated for each fitness component. Results: Among boys, head of household's schooling, involvement in organized PA, meeting the PA recommendations, and computer/games use were associated with cardiorespiratory fitness. Involvement in organized PA and active time in Physical Education (PE) classes were predictors of muscular fitness. Among girls, active time in PE classes and TV watching were predictors of cardiorespiratory fitness. Meeting the PA recommendations was associated with muscular fitness. Conclusion: PA variables and sedentary behaviors should be independently considered for physical fitness promotion in youth.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Center for Physical Activity and Health, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florian√≥polis, Brazil. [email protected] 2: Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil 3: Research Center for Sports and Exercise, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil 4: Undergraduate Program of Physical Education, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil 5: Department of Physical Education, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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