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Document Type: Artigo
Title: Distance from home to exercise site did not influence the adherence of 796 participants
Authors: Oliveira, Antônio César Cabral de
Ramos, Plínio Santos
Araújo, Claudio Gil Soares de
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Abstract: Background: One of the difficulties in maintaining long-term adherence to exercise is the distance from home to the place of exercise. Objective: To determine, for a private supervised exercise program (SEP), the influence of the home-SEP distance on adherence. Methods: We identified 976 individuals and selected 796 who met the inclusion criteria. The home-SEP distance was obtained by the Google Maps. Adherence was determined by quartiles (months): 1-4, 5-12, 13-36 and more than 36. The clinical conditions were stratified as healthy, obese and/or hypertensive and/or dyslipidemic and/or diabetic patients without coronary disease; coronary artery disease patients and other health problems like cancer, respiratory disease and panic. The home-SEP distance was divided into (km): up to 1, 1 to 3, 3 to 10 and more than 10. For the statistical analysis, we used the Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA and the chi-square test. Results: Of respondents, 46% lived up to 3 km, 39% lived between 3 and 10 km and about 15% lived more than 10 kilometers from the place of the SEP. No differences were found between the medians of the months of participation in the SEP as a function of home-SEP distance (p = 0.11). Conclusion: For a given SEP in the city of Rio de Janeiro, open from Monday through Saturday with free choice of time, the home-SEP distance did not influence the adherence of participants. This was probably due to the quality of the service and/or lack of places closer to the participants’ home.
Keywords: Reabilitação
Publisher / Institution : Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Citation: OLIVEIRA, A. C. C.; RAMOS, P. S.; ARAÚJO, C. G. S. Distance from home to exercise site did not influence the adherence of 796 participants. Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia, São Paulo, v. 98, n. 6, p. 55-62, 2012. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 02 fev. 2015.
License: Creative Commons Attribution License
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