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Physical activity behavior in the tropics.

Polman, R. C.J., Borkoles, E. and Ling, F. C.M., 2014. Physical activity behavior in the tropics. In: Edwards, A. and Leicht, A., eds. Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics. New York: NOVA scientific, 123 - 136 .

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First we reviewed studies examining the role of climate on physical activity (PA) behavior. This highlights the limited knowledge and guidelines currently exist on the moderating influence of a tropical or hot climate on the PA behaviors of individuals. Secondly, we examined the role climate on PA in children and clinically obese individuals. Contrary to previous findings from Caucasian young children, our data on habitual PA levels in Hong Kong primary school-aged children seem to suggest no seasonal variations. From the Chinese medicinal perspective, „sweating‟ was considered as a sign of good health as expressed by the Hong Kong young children we recently interviewed. Therefore, Hong Kong children and parents may regard PA in the heat as beneficial to health. Alternatively, the increasing physiological evidence indicates that young children‟s thermoregulatory ability during exercise in the heat is not necessarily inferior to that of adults, thus biologically, children‟s habitual PA may not be prone to climatic changes in the tropics as commonly believed. Given the possible subjective climatic constraints, Hong Kong young children appear to favor indoor sporting options like swimming and activities that are likely to generate „breeziness‟.

Item Type:Book Section
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:22257
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Deposited On:22 Jul 2015 10:24
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