Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Education en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Education en
dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Education en
dc.contributor.author Kyhälä, Anna-Liisa
dc.contributor.author Reunamo, Jyrki
dc.contributor.author Ruismäki, Heikki
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-03T12:29:01Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-03T12:29:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Kyhälä , A-L , Reunamo , J & Ruismäki , H 2018 , ' Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends ' , Journal of Early Childhood Education Research , vol. 7 , no. 1 , pp. 100-126 . < https://jecer.org/fi/preschool-children-physically-active-less-sedentary-weekdays-compared-weekends/ > en
dc.identifier.issn 2323-7414
dc.identifier.other PURE: 116227263
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dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-4355-7533/work/49157743
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0002-4605-8000/work/49158479
dc.identifier.other ORCID: /0000-0001-6528-8007/work/49159523
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/246620
dc.description.abstract Physical activity (PA) is necessary for young children. The new recommendations for physical activity in early childhood in Finland suggest that daily activity consists of at least 3 hours of light-to-vigorous physical activity (LMVPA). In this article, we report preschool children’s compliance with the recommendations, PA amounts at different intensity levels, the variation between genders, and the effect of weekend on PA. The data were collected from 172 children, aged 3 to 7 years, using accelerometers during January–March 2015 for 7 days, 24 hours per day. Results revealed that compliance with the recommendations is low: 43% of the boys and 32% of the girls engaged in LMVPA for at least 3 hours per day. The variation was remarkable. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) averages ranged from 16 to 154 minutes in boys, and from 4 to 98 minutes in girls. The weekend decreased PA at all intensity levels and increased sedentary behavior by approximately 60 minutes (p < .001, = .39) in both genders. Interventions should focus on girls as a group, on boys with minimal amounts of MVPA, on reducing sedentary behavior, and on increasing weekend activity. fi
dc.format.extent 27
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Early Childhood Education Research
dc.relation.uri https://jecer.org/fi/preschool-children-physically-active-less-sedentary-weekdays-compared-weekends/
dc.rights en
dc.subject 315 Sport and fitness sciences en
dc.subject Accelerometer, early childhood, physical activity, recommendations en
dc.subject ACCELEROMETER en
dc.subject early childhood en
dc.subject PHYSICAL ACTIVITY en
dc.subject RECOMMENDATIONS en
dc.subject 516 Educational sciences en
dc.title Preschool children are more physically active and less sedentary on weekdays compared with weekends en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
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