Two Valid Measures of Self-rated Physical Activity and Capacity
Marit Sundal Holena, Rønnaug Een a, Thomas Mildestvedt a, Geir Egil Eide a, b, Eivind Meland a, *
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 156
Last Page: 162
Publisher ID: TOCMJ-6-156
Article History:Received Date: 1/11/2012
Revision Received Date: 15/12/2012
Acceptance Date: 20/12/2012
Electronic publication date: 28/12/2012
Collection year: 2012
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Questionnaires on physical activity (PA) and physical capacity (PC) are valuable tools, as they are cost beneficial, and have high response rates. The validity of short versions of such questionnaires has not been examined satisfactorily. Therefore, we aimed at examining the validity of a set of questions coding for PA and PC.
The questions were administered to 217 men and women attending a cardiac rehabilitation program. Participants also gave blood samples, measuring HDL cholesterol, triglycerides (TG), insulin, glucose, and microCRP. The relations between PA and PC and biological markers were examined by linear regression analyses.
Measures for PC and for PA were identified by factor analysis, which proved internally consistent. TG, homeostatic model assessment (HOMA) score, and mCRP were all significantly associated with the measures of PC and PA.
The measures of PA and PC are valid compared with biological markers, allowing cost-beneficial and time-efficient evaluation of important measures for cardiovascular health.