Correlates of children’s moderate and vigorous physical activity during weekdays and weekends

Stuart J. Fairclough, N.D. Ridgers, G.J. Welk

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Background: Vigorous intensity physical activity (VPA) may confer superior health benefits for children than moderate intensity physical activity (MPA) but the correlates of MPA and VPA may differ. The study purpose was to investigate associations between selected enabling, predisposing, and demographic physical activity correlates, and MPA and VPA during weekdays and at weekends. Methods: Data were gathered from 175 children (aged 10-11 years). MPA and VPA were assessed using accelerometers. Correlates were measured at child and school levels. Multi-level analyses identified correlates that significantly predicted MPA and VPA. Results: Gender significantly predicted weekday MPA (p < .001), and weekend MPA (p = .022) and VPA (p= .035). Weekday VPA was predicted by gender (p < .001), indices of multiple deprivation score (p < .003), BMI (p = .018), and school playground area (p = .046). Conclusions: Gender was the most significant correlate of MPA and VPA. Children most likely to engage in weekday VPA were boys with lower deprivation scores and BMI values, with access to larger playground areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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