Higher income individuals are more likely to be “weekend warriors”, getting most of their activity on only a few days a week and also spend more time in sedentary pursuits, says a study.

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According to a Study:

  • The researchers used accelerometer data to analyse physical activity.
  • In addition, sedentary behaviour in relation to income levels among 5,206 US adults.
  • Enrolled in The National Health and Examination Survey from 2003-06, a nationally representative survey.
  • The study found that compared to those making less than $20,000 per year.
  • Those with an annual income of $75,000 or more engaged in 4.6 more daily minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity as measured by activity monitors.
  • High income individuals also engaged in 9.3 fewer minutes of light intensity activity and spent 11.8 more minutes daily sedentary.

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  • One of the researchers said.
  • Our findings pertaining to income and the ‘weekend warrior’ effect.
  • In addition underscore the importance of tailoring the physical activity message to reflect the constraints of both low and high income individuals.
  • Income could be be a prominent barrier to engaging in physical activity.
  • Individuals with low incomes face time constraints as well as other barriers.
  • Furthermore, including lack of exercise facilities, parks and open space.
  • As well as an inflexible work environment and have been shown to be less likely to meet physical activity guidelines.
  • Meanwhile, higher income individuals who often also have limited time have more resources and places to exercise which could facilitate their ability to meet activity guidelines.
  • However, they also are more likely to hold sedentary jobs like office work.

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