Research Study Abstract

Association Of Physical Activity And Sedentary Behavior With Anthropometric Variables And Biological Age Among Nursing Of Workers Home

  • Presented on May 29, 2014

Background: Low levels of physical activity (PA) at workplace have been associated with massive time spent in sedentary behavior. It is known that sedentary behavior is directly associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and risk of death from all causes.

Purpose: To analyze the association of sedentary behavior and physical activity levels with anthropometric variables and metabolic age in nursing homes workers.

Methods: It was studied 81 employees, 66 women (70.4 + 11.4 years) and 15 men, aged 18-69 (43 ± 9.4 years). Time spent in sedentary, light, moderate and vigorous activities were measured by means of a GTX accelerometer. Anthropometric assessment and metabolic age were performed by TANITA bioimpedance device. The association was determined by Spearman correlation – Rho. It was used SPSS version 15.0, and a significant level of p<.05

Results: The group was classified as overweighted and obese using BMI (28.3+ 5.3 kg.m2), percent of fat (33,7+ 11,4%) criteria. Number of steps reached 5560+ 3107 steps/day. The vast majority of time (97%) was spent in light , 3% in moderate, and only 1% in vigorous physical activity.

Conclusion: Data is permitted the nursing home workers, spent almost all life-time in light physical activity, they rarely got involved with vigorous. PA,sedentary behavior, light, moderate, and vigorous PA was not associated to anthropometric variables, except to bone mass, which presented a positive and significant correlation with moderate (.62) and vigorous (.68) PA; and a negative significant correlation was observed between vigorous PA and metabolic age.