According to a recent study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, changes in relationships associated with physical activity. During the four-year study of men who are divorced, have reduced the total number of steps outside of training. For women, the newly married between the measurement points, the total number of steps decreased significantly compared to women who were married during the entire period.
According to the researchers, it is difficult to identify a single factor that explains the impact of changes in marital status on physical activity.
It seems that changes in the relationship affect the physical activity of men and women in different ways, said Kasper Salin (Kasper Salin), doctoral candidate of the faculty of sport and health from the University of jyväskylä (University of Jyvskyl).
The study, conducted from 2007 to 2011, took part 1051. At the beginning of the observation period the subjects were aged 34 to 49 years, the number of steps measured with a pedometer.
Long-term monitoring of objectively measured physical activity are rare. The pedometer used in this study provides a more reliable picture of overall activity than, for example, traditionally used a questionnaire shared saline.
During the four-year period of observation the number of steps increased slightly. In 2007, one fifth (19%), and in 2011, a quarter (25%) of participants reached the 10,000 recommended daily steps.
The tendency to increase the number of aerobic steps (the steps during action, continuing for at least 10 minutes at a speed of 60 or more steps per minute) is particularly positive.
They probably added a longer and more intense physical activity, such as walking, said Salin.
The researchers also investigated the relationship between socio-economic status and changes in physical activity. Among men and women with the highest socio-economic status over the past four years significantly increased the number of aerobic steps.
The period of monitoring, however, showed that the growth of the number of steps focused on the higher social classes, especially aerobic steps. From the point of view of maintain physical fitness and health it is important to add aerobic steps, said Salin.
Steps accumulate throughout the day. Kasper Sahlin explained that to increase the number of steps does not need special exercises and changes in lifestyle: Instead, you should pay attention to the daily choices. You could walk instead of driving or climb the stairs instead of the Elevator.