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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(8), 798; doi:10.3390/ijerph13080798

The Regularities in Insufficient Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Poland

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Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics, al. Niepodległości 162, Warszawa 02-554, Poland
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Collegium of Economic Analysis, Warsaw School of Economics, al. Niepodległości 162, Warszawa 02-554, Poland
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 26 April 2016 / Revised: 29 July 2016 / Accepted: 3 August 2016 / Published: 8 August 2016
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Background: Insufficient physical activity (PA) has become an increasing risk factor of noncommunicable diseases and an important cause of deaths all over the world. The goal of this paper is to provide an in-depth description of insufficient PA in Poland as well as an examination of some of its correlates. Methods: We take advantage of statistical and econometric (logistic regression) analysis on the basis of a representative survey. Out of 3056 respondents, we analyze the 1260 low-PA ones. Results: The household size is more significant than the household life phase, and only several professions increase the odds of insufficient PA. The influence of socioeconomic status and place of residence is most robust. Gender does not significantly influence insufficient PA. Physical inactivity is concentrated among inhabitants of rural areas and town dwellers, with poor educational profile, and limited labor market opportunities. However, even high socioeconomic status does not completely prevent insufficient activity. Conclusions: Groups at the highest risk of inactivity should be covered by promotional actions first. Their aim should mainly be raising the leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) awareness. To start with, primary forms of activity would be walking, Nordic walking and jogging. View Full-Text
Keywords: epidemiology; leisure-time physical activity; demographic and socioeconomic variables; econometric modeling epidemiology; leisure-time physical activity; demographic and socioeconomic variables; econometric modeling
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Biernat, E.; Buchholtz, S. The Regularities in Insufficient Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Poland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 798.

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