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Epidemiology of cycling for exercise, recreation or sport in Australia and its contribution to health-enhancing physical activity.
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PMID:  24125909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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OBJECTIVES: To provide population estimates and explore trends for recreational cycling by subgroups, and to understand the contribution of recreational cycling to meeting the physical activity guidelines among Australian adults.
DESIGN: Repeated cross sectional population surveys.
METHODS: Data from the Exercise, Recreational and Sport Survey (ERASS) for the years 2001-2009 were used. Approximately 13,000 Australian adults (≥15 years) were interviewed each year across all seasons. Data include frequency of cycling during the previous 12 months and average duration of a cycling session, asked since 2005. Three thresholds for meeting the physical activity guidelines were considered using the separate categories: achieving >150min, >300min, and 5 sessions of 30min cycling per week.
RESULTS: The pooled prevalence of recreational cycling was 10%. Employed middle-aged men with tertiary education reported the highest prevalence of recreational cycling. An increase in cycling was observed over time, mainly attributed to an increase in "irregular" cycling (<1/week). Among all cyclists a third met the physical activity guidelines of 150min/week, and less than 20% met the guidelines of 300min/week or 5 sessions of 30min/week, respectively. Although a small group, almost two thirds of those participating in organised or partly organised recreational cycling met the guidelines.
CONCLUSIONS: Recreational cycling is a plausible way to accumulate sufficient health-enhancing physical activity. The majority of recreational cyclists do not cycle in organised rides. Targeted efforts are needed to exploit the full potential of recreational cycling for public health.
Authors:
Sylvia Titze; Dafna Merom; Chris Rissel; Adrian Bauman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-9-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-1861     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9812598     Medline TA:  J Sci Med Sport     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Affiliation:
Institute of Sport Science, University of Graz, Austria. Electronic address: Sylvia.titze@uni-graz.at.
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