Prevalence and social, demographic and environmental factors associated with leisure time and commuting physical activity in adults


  • Francisco Godim Pitanga Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Carmem Cristina Beck Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina - SC
  • Cristiano Penas Seara Pitanga Centro Universitário Jorge Amado - BA
  • Marcela Mota Freitas Centro Universitário Jorge Amado - BA
  • Luiz Alberto Bastos Almeida Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana - BA



The objective of this study was to analyze the prevalence the sociodemographic and environmental factors associated with physical activity during leisure time physical activity (LTPA) and commuting physical activity (CPA). A cross-sectional research design with 460 adults from 20-79 years of age, 300 (65.2%) women was carried out. LTPA and CPA were assessed with the IPAQ - long version. The associations were analyzed with logistic regression, estimating the odds ratio (OR) with a confidence interval of 95%. The prevalence of individuals active in leisure time was 20.4% and 27.2% of the transportation. After multivariate analysis, the LTPA was positively associated with male, middle and high school, middle socioeconomic status, marital status divorced and possibility of using public space for physical activity, and, inversely with perceived insecurity/violence in neighborhood. The CPA was inversely associated with and age higher than 60 years and positively to the marital status single and divorced as well as, the possibility of using public space for physical activity. Sociodemographic and environmental factors, mainly sex, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, education, possible use of public space for physical activity and perception of insecurity / violence in the neighborhood were associated with LTPA and CPA in adults.





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