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Assessing the Effects of Weather Conditions on Physical Activity Participation Using Objective Measures
Departments of Physiology and Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2R3, Canada
Faculty of Science, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, V2S 7M8, Canada
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Received: 7 September 2009; Accepted: 30 September 2009 / Published: 12 October 2009
Abstract: Habitual physical activity is an important determinant of health, yet many people are considered to be inactive. Identification of the obstacles to greater participation is necessary for the development of strategies to overcome those obstacles. The weather has been identified as a perceived barrier to participation in physical activity, but exactly which adverse weather conditions are most important, and the extent to which they contribute to decreases in physical activity have rarely been quantified in populations. In the past decade, a small number of studies have used publicly available databases to examine the quantitative effects of weather (e.g., temperature, precipitation, wind) on physical activity in children, adolescents and adults. This review examines our historical, qualitative versus emerging, quantitative understanding of how specific weather conditions affect a population’s activity.
Keywords: physical activity; exercise; weather; seasons; winter; rain; snow
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Chan, C.B.; Ryan, D.A. Assessing the Effects of Weather Conditions on Physical Activity Participation Using Objective Measures. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2639-2654.
Chan CB, Ryan DA. Assessing the Effects of Weather Conditions on Physical Activity Participation Using Objective Measures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(10):2639-2654.
Chan, Catherine B.; Ryan, Daniel A. 2009. "Assessing the Effects of Weather Conditions on Physical Activity Participation Using Objective Measures." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 10: 2639-2654.