Frequency of regular walking among Croatian adults

  • Slaven Krtalić Croatian Institute of Public Health, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Helena Križan Croatian Institute of Public Health, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Sanja Musić Milanović University of Zagreb School of Medicine, School of Public Health Andrija Štampar, Zagreb, Croatia
Keywords: chronic non-communicable diseases, demographics, EHIS-PAQ, health, physical activity

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the share of Croatian adults who walk 210 min or more a week and to explore the relationship between regular walking and demographic factors, health-related behaviours, and chronic non-communicable diseases/conditions. To this end, we used the EHIS-PAQ questionnaire and collected self-reported data on minutes spent walking during a typical week from a total of 3,496 respondents. The data were additionally analysed by gender, age, education, residence (urban/rural), counties and regions, smoking, other types of physical activity, and diseases/chronic conditions. The results show that, overall, 40.9 % of the adult Croatian population walks 210 or more minutes a week, with the largest share found among those from the Lika-Senj County (76.8 %), those who spend 300 min or more weekly on health-enhancing (non-work-related) aerobic physical activity (57.6 %), those who reported having diabetes (49.3 %), and those aged 65–74 years (44.7 %). Despite its limitations, our study gives a valuable insight into the frequency and factors determining healthy walking habits in a representative sample of Croatian adults and provides grounds for further research.

Published
2024-02-22
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Krtalić S, Križan H, Musić Milanović S. Frequency of regular walking among Croatian adults. Arh Hig Rada Toksikol [Internet]. 2024Feb.22 [cited 2024Apr.19];75(1). Available from: https://arhiv.imi.hr/index.php/arhiv/article/view/1673
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