Revista de Salud Pública
versión impresa ISSN 0124-0064
MANTILLA-TOLOZA, Sonia C. Physical activity in people aged 15 to 49 living in a particular locality in Bogotá, Colombia, 2004. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2006, vol.8, suppl.2, pp. 69-80. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642006000500006.
Objective Identifying the characteristics of practising physical activity in four scenarios (in free-time, at work, type of transport and in the home) as well as the stages of change and barriers against it. Methods A sample of 460 people aged 15 to 49, residing in Teusaquillo, Bogotá, Colombia, was defined. An internationally-validated survey was applied which included specific instruments for measuring the stages of change and barriers against it. Results Sufficient levels of physical activity were found in 40% to 46% of the population being studied. The residents of this particular area were more active at wok and in the home than during free time and when being transported. Half of the population being surveyed were classified as being in stages prior to action (regarding stages of changing physical activity), whilst the other 50% were regularly active. The most frequently occurring barriers to physical activity were a lack of willpower and lack of time. Conclusions The characteristics of physical activity could be identified in a specific part of Bogotá; some associated factors were also identified.
Palabras llave : physical activity; health promotion; chronic disease prevention; Colombia.