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A descriptive cross sectional study comparing barriers and determinants of physical activity of Sri Lankan middle aged and older adults.

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dc.contributor.author Karunanayake, A. L.
dc.contributor.author Senaratne, C. D.
dc.contributor.author Stathi, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-05-19T08:35:45Z
dc.date.available 2020-05-19T08:35:45Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Public Library of Science, 2020; 15(5):e0232956 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203 (Electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203 (Linking)
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.kln.ac.lk/handle/123456789/21082
dc.description Indexed in MEDLINE. en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Benefits of physical activities are numerous. Barriers for physical exercise may differ among middle aged and older adults. Therefore, identifying and comparing the barriers for participating in regular physical exercises among middle aged and older adults will be useful in designing age specific physical exercise programmes. METHODS: This descriptive cross sectional study was carried out among 206 Sri Lankan adults in the age range of 40-84 years in the Colombo North region of Sri Lanka using culturally validated questionnaires to determine and compare the barriers and factors associated with regular physical activity participation. Majority were males (56%) and 54% were < 60 years. People in the age range of 40-59 years were considered as middle age and ≥ 60 years as older adults. Bivariate analysis and multivariate analysis was carried out to determine the significant factors that are associated with regular physical activity participation. RESULTS: Lack of free time (52%), feeling too lazy (26%) and bad weather (29%) were the main barriers for the participants. In < 60 years, high level of income (p = 0.008) and in ≥ 60 years, being a male (p = 0.016), having a high level of education (P = 0.002) and a high BMI (p = 0.002) had a significant negative association with the level of physical activities. CONCLUSIONS: Contrary to findings from surveys in several developed countries, this study showed that having a high level of education and being a male were strongly related with lack of physical activity participation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.subject Comparing barries en_US
dc.title A descriptive cross sectional study comparing barriers and determinants of physical activity of Sri Lankan middle aged and older adults. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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