Our aim is to study trends in physical activity of children, adolescents and adults. We analyse how to promote physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour among different age groups. The results reveal factors that advance or hinder the motivation to engage in physical activity.
We analyse the most recent studies on physical activity and sedentary behaviour of children, adolescents and adults. The National Physical Activity Behavior Monitoring study for Children and Adolescents (LIITU 2014, 2016 and 2018) and the Objectively Measured Physical Fitness and Physical Activity in Working Age Finns (FINFIT) studies are analysed in order to create reliable population based information of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. In addition, we use LIITU data to evaluate the total activity and active transport between participants and non-participants of sports club activities. We perform a Delphi study with an emphasis to involve various stakeholders to gather data on how to promote physical activity in daily activities.
Sami Kokko, Associate Professor, Director of Research Center for Health Promotion (RCHP), University of Jyväskylä