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How Do They Do It: Working Women Meeting Physical Activity Recommendations

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Objective: To identify factors that facilitate adherence to physical activity among employed women. Methods: Participants were 103 employed women (Mean 44.4 years ±11.8). Measures included physical activity by accelerometry, location by global positioning systems, and psychosocial constructs, perception of worksite policies and the built environment by questionnaire. Results: Meeting physical activity recommendations was significantly associated with use of the built environment, self-regulation, perception of higher land-use mix diversity, and perception of lower infrastructure and safety for walking. Perception of worksite policies, self-efficacy, and social support were not associated with meeting recommendations. Conclusions: The findings provide evidence that working women's physical activity behavior is influenced by both psychosocial and environmental factors.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA, USA. [email protected] 2: Associate Professor, Auburn University, Department of Kinesiology, Auburn, AL, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2014

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