Health-related factors correlate with behaviortrends in physical activity level in old age: longitudinal results from a population in SãoPaulo, Brazil

BMC Public Health 2010, Written by Marcela T Ferreira, Sandra MM Matsudo, Manoel CSA Ribeiro, Luiz R Ramos


Physical inactivity in leisure time is common among elderly in Brazil and this finding is particularly alarming considering that this population is greatly affected by chronic diseases. The identification of health factors that influence physical activity level (PAL) will help in the development of strategies for increasing PAL older adults. The current research aimed to identify variables that independently affect behavior trends in PAL over the course of two years among elderly.

 

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