The association of physical activity fragmentation with physical function in older adults: Analysis from the SITLESS study

Wilson, J. J. et al. (2022) The association of physical activity fragmentation with physical function in older adults: Analysis from the SITLESS study. Journal of Ageing and Longevity, 2(1), pp. 63-73. (doi: 10.3390/jal2010006)

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The distribution of physical activity bouts through the day may provide useful information for assessing the impacts of interventions on aspects such as physical function. This study aimed to investigate the associations between physical activity fragmentation, tested using different minimum physical activity bout lengths, with physical function in older adults. The SITLESS project recruited 1360 community-dwelling participants from four European countries (≥65 years old). Physical activity fragmentation was represented as the active-to-sedentary transition probability (ASTP), the reciprocal of the average physical activity bout duration measured using ActiGraph wGT3X+ accelerometers. Four minimum bout lengths were utilised to calculate the ASTP: ≥10-s, ≥60-s, ≥120-s and ≥300-s. Physical function was assessed using the 2-min walk test (2MWT) and the composite score from the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) test. Linear regression analyses, after adjusting for relevant covariates, were used to assess cross-sectional associations. After adjustment for relevant covariates, lower ASTP using ≥10-s bouts were associated with longer 2MWT distances and higher SPPB scores. Lower ASTP using ≥120-s bouts and ≥300-s bouts were associated with longer 2MWT distances but not the SPPB. Less fragmented physical activity patterns appeared to be associated with better physical function in community-dwelling older adults

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: This research was funded by the European Union program Horizon 2020, grant number H2020-Grant 634270 as part of the SITLESS consortium.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McIntosh, Professor Emma
Creator Roles:
McIntosh, E.Methodology, Project administration, Resources, Funding acquisition, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Wilson, J. J., McMullan, I., Blackburn, N. E., Klempel, N., Jerez-Roig, J., Oviedo, G. R., Klenk, J., Dallmeier, D., Coll-Planas, L., McIntosh, E., Skjødt, M., Caserotti, P., and Tully, M. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Journal Name:Journal of Ageing and Longevity
ISSN (Online):2673-9259
Copyright Holders:Copyright: © 2022 by the authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Ageing and Longevity 2(1):63-73
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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