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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(5), 533; doi:10.3390/ijerph14050533

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle and Well-Being in Adolescents through Outdoor Physical Activity

Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University Olomouc, 771 11 Olomouc, Czech Republic
The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, 40-065 Katowice, Poland
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 3 April 2017 / Revised: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 10 May 2017 / Published: 17 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social and Environmental Influences on Physical Activity Behaviours)
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Health-enhancing physical activities (PA) performed outdoors could markedly contribute to the adoption of a healthy lifestyle in adolescence. The differences between PA preferences and actual opportunities for these PA are an issue that has received frequent attention. To date, the extent to which these differences are reflected in adolescents meeting PA recommendations and their well-being has not been explored. In total, 10,086 respondents took part in an on-line research project regarding PA preferences. Of them, 2446 also completed the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (Long Form) and the World Health Organization (WHO) W-5 questionnaire to assess well-being. Finally, 1278 of these respondents were involved in objective PA monitoring using pedometers. The study aimed to explore the prevalence and trends regarding outdoor PA. Moreover, we assessed whether the agreement between preferred PA and PA actually undertaken was associated with higher odds for meeting PA recommendations and achieving a higher level of well-being. Of a selection of outdoor activities, Czech and Polish boys preferred cycling, swimming, and downhill skiing, while girls preferred swimming activities, skating, and cycling. The agreement between preferred and PA actually undertaken was associated with higher odds for meeting the weekly PA recommendations and higher levels of well-being both in boys and girls. Evaluation of outdoor PA preferences and taking these preferred activities into account when forming conditions for them was important in the efficient promotion of the physical and mental health of adolescents. View Full-Text
Keywords: sport preferences; health; environment; trends; pedometers sport preferences; health; environment; trends; pedometers

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Fromel, K.; Kudlacek, M.; Groffik, D.; Svozil, Z.; Simunek, A.; Garbaciak, W. Promoting Healthy Lifestyle and Well-Being in Adolescents through Outdoor Physical Activity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 533.

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