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Motriz: Revista de Educação Física

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DUCA, Giovâni Firpo Del et al. Physical inactivity during leisure-time among industrial workers from the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Motriz: rev. educ. fis. (Online) [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.1, pp.180-188. ISSN 1980-6574.

The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and associated factors to physical inactivity during leisure-time in a representative sample of industrial workers from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Physical inactivity was defined as the negative response to the question: "Do you perform any type of physical activity during leisure-time, such as exercises (calisthenics, walking, jogging), sports, dance or martial arts?" The sample included 2,265 workers, and the prevalence of physical inactivity was 45.6% (CI95%: 43.5; 47.6), which was significantly higher for females, those living with a companion, smokers, those not satisfied with their body weight, and those with a negative perception of their own leisure. Besides, it was observed a positive association of physical inactivity with age, and a negative association with self assessment of health status. Overall, results indicate that the prevalence of leisure-time physical inactivity among industrial workers in this state was high, with greater exposition to this unhealthy behavior for females, and those perceiving their own leisure-time as not satisfying.

Keywords : Motor Activity; Leisure Activities; Workers; Occupational Health; Cross-sectional Studies.

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