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Translating cycling into steps. The share of cycling in 10-year olds daily physical activity
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science. Karolinska Institutet / University of Gothenburg. (Child on Foot)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9476-9512
Karolinska Institutet. (Kidscape)
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Lunds Universitet. (Child on Foot)
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN 0334-0139, E-ISSN 2191-0278, Vol. 25, no 2, 171-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Active travel has a potential to increase children’s physical activity (PA). Pedometers offer a valid option to measure PA, but do not capture cycling activity. Children’s self-reported cycling distances can be analyzed by the Geografic Information System (GIS).

Aim: To combine pedometry and GIS mapping to identify the relative amount of cycling in children’s PA.

Study group: Of all children in 4th grade (n=187) in Staffanstorp Sweden, 144 had valid pedometer data. Fifty-six children were non-cyclists while 88 children (32 boys, 47 girls, 9 gender unknown) reported at least one cycle journey.

Methods: Cycle trips were entered into GIS and calculated to total cycling distance. Average length of the single distances cycled per day was 676 m (SD=534 m). A previously reported cycling speed (13.5 km/h) was used to calculate time spent cycling. Consequently distance=676 m, speed=13.5 km/h=13,500 m/3600 s=3.75 m/s and time=676m/3.75m/s=180.26 s=3 min. Expenditure of 4 and 5 metabolic equivalents (METs) has in children been reported equivalent to 122 and 127 steps/min, respectively. We estimated 4.7 METs (13.5 km/h) as 126 steps for every min of cycling (127–122=5×0.7=125.5).

Results: The daily mean cycle distance was 676 m, on average 379 additional steps/day for cycling children (min. 21, max. 1385, SD=299) with no gender difference. Additional “steps” obtained by cycling corresponded to on average 3% of their PA.

Conclusion: The relative contribution of cycling in 10-year-old children’s PA level is quite small and stable between children across different levels of activity levels, regardless of gender.

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2013. Vol. 25, no 2, 171-176 p.
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pedometers, GIS mapping
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-20707DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2013-0026Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84881482738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-20707DiVA: diva2:540068
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Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2012-07-06 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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