Perception of Physical & Sedentary Activities
Lifestyle & Wellness

Perception of Physical & Sedentary Activities

Many of the world’s population, including Singapore, are not meeting or even aware of internationally recommended physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines. In order to enhance awareness and uptake, guidelines should be perceived positively by targeted users. 

A recently published review studied the literature on end-user and stakeholder perceptions of physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines.[1] After screening, a total of 31 articles met the inclusion criteria. The followings were highlighted in the findings[1]:

  1. need for simplified language

  2. more definitions, relatable examples and imagery

  3. quantification of PA behaviours

  4. early years and child physical activity guidelines leading to guilt amongst parents

  5. sedentary behaviour guidelines, particularly the recommendations to limit screen-time, being unrealistic for parents and caretakers

  6. General age group PA guidelines were not perceived as usable to populations with differing abilities, clinical conditions, and socioeconomic status

The authors concluded that stakeholders and policy makers need to balance the evidence base with the pragmatic needs of translation and uptake so that the guidelines are not ignored or act as a barrier to actual engagement.[1]

[1] Hollman, Heather, Updegraff, John A., Lipkus, Isaac M. & Rhodes, Ryan E.. 2022. Perceptions of physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines among end-users and stakeholders: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 19: 21.

Posted by Dr. Loke Wai Mun