The American College of Sports Medicine
Independence DayOur office will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of American Independence Day. We will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Postpartum Latinas: Madres para la Salud
- Published on February, 2013
Purpose To describe the physical activity (PA) and sedentarybehaviors of postpartum Latinas who are overweight or obese prior to initiating Madres para la Salud, a social-support mediated walking intervention to promote postpartum weight loss.
Methods 139 postpartum (13.6+/- 7.7 weeks since childbirth) women (age = 28.3 +/- 5.6 years and BMI = 29.7 +/- 3.5 kg[middle dot]m2), recruited from Phoenix area Latino-serving organizationscompleted the Stanford Brief Activity Survey (SBAS) and concurrently wore an accelerometer (AG) and apedometer for 7-days, and kept a PA record (PAR).
Results Most were classified as inactive and lightly active on the SBAS (51% inactive, 37% light, 11% moderate). Most time was spent in sedentary (512.0 +/- 169.9 min[middle dot]d-1) and lightintensity PA (242.4 +/- 51.4 min[middle dot]d-1) with less time in moderate-intensity lifestyle (78.3 +/- 39.9 min[middle dot]d-1), moderate-intensity walking (16.6 +/- 14.4 min[middle dot]d-1), and vigorous-intensityPA (0.34 +/- 1.5 min[middle dot]d-1). Pedometer steps.d-1 were low (total = 4,973 +/- 2,202 steps; aerobic = 412 +/- 774 steps) with most participants rated as sedentary (61%) or low-active (28.1%). Consistent with objective PA measures, PARs showed more time spent in light-intensity PAs such as home care, cooking, child- and self care tasks, occupation, religious events, and watching television.
Conclusions By and large, the postpartum Latinas enrolled spent most of their day in low-intensity activity levels with little time spent in health-enhancing PA levels/behaviors. This demographic should be the focus of PA interventions to increase PA to health enhancing levels.