Physical activity guidelines and recommendations

McCrorie, P. , Martin, A. and Janssen, X. (2020) Physical activity guidelines and recommendations. In: Brusseau, T. A., Fairclough, S. J. and Lubans, D. R. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity. Routledge: New York, NY, pp. 69-100. ISBN 9781138331549 (doi: 10.4324/9781003026426-5)

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The main goal of Physical Activity (PA) guidelines is to provide a structured and systematic set of evidence-based statements/recommendations that guide the public to improve their health through PA. A child is often referred to as physically inactive if they do not meet the PA guidelines. However, an active child can at the same time be a sedentary child; e.g., the child engages in 70 minutes of moderate to vigorous PA per day but spends the rest of the day seated behind his/her computer. Sedentary activities can include but are not limited to reading, sitting in a stroller/buggy, and watching a movie. The dose-response relationship can have different forms: for example, a dose-response relationship can be linear, which means that every added unit of something results in a consistent added health benefit. Sedentary behavior is defined as any waking behavior with an energy expenditure of less than 1.5 metabolic equivalents.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Martin, Dr Anne and Mccrorie, Dr Paul
Authors: McCrorie, P., Martin, A., and Janssen, X.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Published Online:07 April 2020

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