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Inactivity physiology: Staying still, Singaporean youths are not moving enough
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Research Brief;13-002
The physical inactivity of Singaporean youths was examined using state-of-the-art ambulatory motion sensors (Actitrainer triaxial accelerometers) under free-living conditions on 3 weekdays and 2 weekend days. Participants included 128 male and 116 female adolescents, aged 12–15, from seven secondary schools. Neither boys nor girls met the national and international recommendation to accumulate at least 60 mins of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) on a daily basis for healthy cardiovascular health. Sedentary time over the weekday and weekend accounted for a majority of the accelerometer-monitored time. Step count accumulated in school was 16% greater than outside-of-school time. Under free-living weekday and weekend living conditions, Singaporean youths are not sufficiently engaged in MVPA and if this behaviour becomes entrenched, it may have dire consequences on the future physical and metabolic health of adult Singaporeans.
This brief was based on the project OER 16/09 MC: Physical Inactivity, Physical Fitness, Metabolic Status and Academic Performance amongst Secondary School Students in Singapore.
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