Objective Means of Monitoring Children’s Physical Activity and Health-Related Recommendations for Its Implementation
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Erik Sigmund and Dagmar Sigmundová
The objective of the chapter is to describe the basic objective means for
long-term, as well as short-term field-based monitoring of physical activity in children
and adolescents and to formulate education and health-related recommendations to
promote an active lifestyle. The first part of the chapter introduces and describes the
selected objective means for field-based monitoring of physical activity in children and
youth with an emphasis on their accuracy, advantages and limitations. The introduction
of different instruments together with recommendations for practical application should
help the reader choose the correct instrument and use it to its full potential. The second
part of the chapter presents specific suggestions and recommendations for physical
activity to promote an active lifestyle based on the conclusions of foreign publications,
as well as the results of the authors’ own research. The proposed recommendations are
of an educational and health-preventive nature. Applying these recommendations does
not ‘automatically’ prevent ‘lifestyle diseases’ but substantially reduces the probability
of their outbreak or worsening.
Actigraph accelerometer, Actitrainer device, Adolescents, Energy
expenditure, Environment, Heart-rate monitor, Intervention programme, Leisure
time, Moderate intensity, Overweight, Obesity, Physical activity, Preschool
children, Recommendation, Reliability, School, School-aged children, Steps,
Validity, Yamax pedometer.
Institute of Active Lifestyle, Faculty of Physical Culture, Palacký University in Olomouc, Tr. Miru 115, Olomouc 77111, Czech Republic.