Physical activity and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents: The Asia-fit study

Stanley Sai Chuen Hui, Ru Zhang, Koya Suzuki, Hisashi Naito, Govindasamy Balasekaran, Jong Kook Song, Soo Yeon Park, Yiing Mei Liou, Dajiang Lu, Bee Koon Poh, Kallaya Kijboonchoo, Wiyada Thasanasuwan

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Purpose: The present study aimed to investigate and compare physical activity (PA) and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents, and to examine the associations between meeting PA guidelines and attaining fitness standards. Methods: A sample of 12,590 adolescents (Mage = 13.63 years, SD = 1.01) from eight Asian metropolitan cities completed measurements of PA, five field-based fitness tests, and covariates. The fitness test scores were further classified into Healthy Fitness Zone (HFZ) or Needs Improvement Zone (NIZ). Results: Findings showed that adolescents’ levels of PA and fitness components differed by cities. City differences were also found in proportions of meeting PA guidelines and achieving the HFZs of aerobic capacity, muscular fitness, and body composition. After controlling covariates, meeting PA guidelines positively associated with being in the HFZs of aerobic and muscular fitness, but the association was not significant with being in the body composition HFZ. Conclusion: There was a large variation in PA and health-related fitness in adolescents across the eight Asian cities. Asian adolescents achieving PA guidelines were more likely to be in the HFZ of aerobic and muscular fitness. Prospective follow-up studies are warranted to gain better insights into the relationships between objectively-measured PA and fitness.

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JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • adolescent health
  • Aerobic capacity
  • cross-cultural comparison
  • physical fitness
  • public health

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Hui, S. S. C., Zhang, R., Suzuki, K., Naito, H., Balasekaran, G., Song, J. K., ... Thasanasuwan, W. (Accepted/In press). Physical activity and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents: The Asia-fit study. Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1695334

Physical activity and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents : The Asia-fit study. / Hui, Stanley Sai Chuen; Zhang, Ru; Suzuki, Koya; Naito, Hisashi; Balasekaran, Govindasamy; Song, Jong Kook; Park, Soo Yeon; Liou, Yiing Mei; Lu, Dajiang; Poh, Bee Koon; Kijboonchoo, Kallaya; Thasanasuwan, Wiyada.

In: Journal of Sports Sciences, 01.01.2019.

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Hui, SSC, Zhang, R, Suzuki, K, Naito, H, Balasekaran, G, Song, JK, Park, SY, Liou, YM, Lu, D, Poh, BK, Kijboonchoo, K & Thasanasuwan, W 2019, 'Physical activity and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents: The Asia-fit study', Journal of Sports Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2019.1695334
Hui, Stanley Sai Chuen ; Zhang, Ru ; Suzuki, Koya ; Naito, Hisashi ; Balasekaran, Govindasamy ; Song, Jong Kook ; Park, Soo Yeon ; Liou, Yiing Mei ; Lu, Dajiang ; Poh, Bee Koon ; Kijboonchoo, Kallaya ; Thasanasuwan, Wiyada. / Physical activity and health-related fitness in Asian adolescents : The Asia-fit study. In: Journal of Sports Sciences. 2019.
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