Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity Comparison of Male and Female Adults in Puerto Rico

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Physical Activity Comparison of Male and Female Adults in Puerto Rico

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Adequate levels of physical activity (PA) have been associated with the promotion of health and prevention of disease. In recent years different investigations have found differences between ethnic groups in terms of their levels of PA. However there has been little data regarding the PA levels of island Puerto Ricans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in quantity and intensity of leisure time PA in regularly active adults in Puerto Rico. Three hundred ninety-seven male (206) and female (191) volunteers between the ages of 18 and 76 years, engaging in regular voluntary PA in public recreational facilities in the main metropolitan area in Puerto Rico participated in the study. Demographic, anthropometric and PA variables were ascertained through direct interview with participants on a day in which they conducted their regular activity, and after completing an informed consent form. Variables measured included age, gender (GEN), weight (WT), body mass index (BMI), minutes of activity (MINACT), minutes of vigorous activity (MINVACT), Pre and postexercise heart rate (HRPRE, HRPOS), ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and estimates of caloric expenditure (calories, CAL; activity counts ACTCAL) as measured with a Caltrac activity monitor. …

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