Special Issue "Physical Activity and Sustainable Health"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adilson Marques
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Guest Editor
Dr. Miguel Peralta
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon, Cruz Quebrada 1499-002 Portugal
Interests: physical activity; fitness; public health; epidemiology; physical education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of the United Nations 2030 agenda for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Goal 3 from the SDGs, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, is focused on health promotion and reinforces the importance of well-being. One of the targets from this goal is ‘by 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being’.
The impact of physical activity on health is well established, especially chronic diseases and mental health. Furthermore, endorsing physical activity is often considered as an important strategy to promote health for all. Physical activity brings significant benefits for peoples’ health and can have an essential role in helping to achieve the SDGs, especially the health-related goal 3.
Research interest in physical activity and its potential as a health-promoting strategy has been increasing over the years. Meaningful investigations on this topic can help public health, education, and social authorities to make more informed decisions and undertake meaningful action in promoting health and help to achieve SDGs goal 3.
This Special Issue of MDPI’s Sustainability entitled “Physical Activity and Sustainable Health” is open to scientific articles from all disciplines investigating:

  1. The impact of physical activity on health and well-being;
  2. The role of physical activity in promoting sustainable health;
  3. The use of physical activity as a strategy to promote health for all.

Dr. Adilson Marques
Dr. Miguel Peralta
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • health-related physical activity
  • exercise
  • chronic diseases
  • public health

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Physical Fitness Predicts Subsequent Improvement in Academic Achievement: Differential Patterns Depending on Pupils’ Age
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8874; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218874 - 26 Oct 2020
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We investigated the longitudinal relationship between physical fitness (flexibility, functional strength, and running speed-agility components) and subsequent change in academic achievement across one school year. We also examined whether this longitudinal relationship differed as a function of pupils’ age, controlling for sex, body [...] Read more.
We investigated the longitudinal relationship between physical fitness (flexibility, functional strength, and running speed-agility components) and subsequent change in academic achievement across one school year. We also examined whether this longitudinal relationship differed as a function of pupils’ age, controlling for sex, body mass index, and socioeconomic status. Academic achievement in terms of marks in Portuguese and mathematics was recorded from 142 pupils (M = 14.59 years; SD = 1.99, range 11–18), between autumn 2017 and summer 2018. The physical fitness components, including flexibility, functional strength, and running speed-agility, were assessed at the baseline (i.e., at the beginning of the school year). Latent change score modelling revealed that higher physical fitness level at baseline significantly predicted a subsequent improvement in academic achievement across the school year. This longitudinal relationship was significantly stronger in younger compared to older pupils. Physical fitness and its interaction with age predicted 45.7% of the variance in the change in academic achievement. In conclusion, a better physical fitness profile including flexibility, functional strength, and running speed-agility explains a subsequent improvement in academic achievement. This longitudinal relationship seems to be age-dependent. Full article
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Moderators of Change in Physical Activity Levels during Restrictions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic in Young Urban Adults
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6392; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166392 - 08 Aug 2020
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This study aimed to investigate moderators of change in physical activity (PA) levels after 30 days (30-d) of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in young adults. This research is an extension of the CRO-PALS study and analyses for this study were performed [...] Read more.
This study aimed to investigate moderators of change in physical activity (PA) levels after 30 days (30-d) of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in young adults. This research is an extension of the CRO-PALS study and analyses for this study were performed on young adults (20–21 y.o., n = 91). Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), sport participation, student and socioeconomic status were assessed pre- and post-30-d restrictions. Differences in MVPA levels were examined using repeated-measures ANOVAs. After 30-d of restrictions, the drop in MVPA in females (−64.8 min/day, p = 0.006) and males was shown (−57.7 min/day, p < 0.00). However, active participants decreased, while non-active peers increased their MVPA level (−100.7 min/day, p < 0.00, and +48.9 min/day, p = 0.051, respectively). Moreover, students and non-students decreased their MVPA level (−69.0 min/day, p < 0.00, and −35.0 min/day, p = 0.22, respectively) as well as sport participants and non-sport participants (−95.3 min/day, p < 0.001, and −53.9 min/day, p < 0.00, respectively). Our results suggest that 30-d of restrictions equally affect females and males where the evident drop in MVPA is seen in both genders. However, active people decreased their PA level during lockdown and the opposite pattern was seen in non-active peers, where restrictions for them can represent an opportunity to change their behavior in a positive direction in order to gain better health status. Full article
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