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Revista médica de Chile

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DURAN, Samuel et al. Association of sedentariness and health promoting lifestyles in older adults. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2017, vol.145, n.12, pp.1535-1540. ISSN 0034-9887.


Part of having healthy lifestyles should be a regular practice of physical activities.


To evaluate the association between the practice of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in older people.

Material and Methods

The Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile survey was applied to 1688 older people living in the community, aged 72 ± 7 years (61% women). This survey includes questions about regular physical activity.


Twenty four percent of surveyed participants declared to practice physical activities at least three times per week, without gender differences. Sedentariness increased along with age. There was a negative association between low physical activity and healthy lifestyles (odds ratio (OR): 3.2 confidence intervals (CI): 2.3-4.5). There was also an association between sedentariness and low self-realization (OR 2.4 CI: 1.8-3.3), low responsibility with health (OR 1.6 CI: 1.22.1), low concern about nutrition (OR 1.8 CI: 1.4-2.4), low stress management (OR 2.0 CI: 1.5-2.7) and low interpersonal support (OR 2.0 CI: 1.5-2.6).


Sedentariness is negatively associated with health promoting lifestyles in this group of older people.

Keywords : Aged; Exercise; Quality of Life.

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