Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity in University Students: A Pilot Study

Martín G. Farinola, Nelio E. Bazán



The effectiveness of physical activity as primary and

secondary prevention strategy of several chronic diseases

is well documented. Sedentary behavior, a factor

that has been recently introduced, is associated with

these disorders and seems to act independently of the

level of physical activity. Sedentary behavior refers

to activities that do not increase energy expenditure

substantially above the resting level. Increased levels

of sedentary behaviors, independent of physical activity

levels, are associated with increased risk of obesity,

metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular mortality and all

cause mortality. We analyzed the sedentary behavior

in a local university population of a group of students

from the University of Flores (n = 425). The sedentary

behavior and the level of physical activity were

studied using the self reporting questionnaire GPAQ.

We found that the sedentary behavior is a variable

with a heterogeneous response. Sedentary behaviors

were more frequent in women, yet the differences were

non-significant. Sixteen percent of students had high

levels of sedentary behaviors and, simultaneously, low

levels of physical activity, with higher risk of chronic

diseases. Further surveys are needed about sedentary

behaviors during work, motorized transportation and

spare time in the general population.

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