Objectively measured physical activity levels of children and adolescents in rural South Africa: high volume of physical activity at low intensity

Eva Craig, Ruth Bland, John J. Reilly

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There is limited evidence on objectively measured physical activity from Africa. This study quantified physical activity by accelerometry in rural South African children at ages 7, 11, and 15 years. Total physical activity was generally high (mean accelerometer counts per minute ranged 485–1017 across the 3 groups), but moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity was low: <1% of the sample met international recommendations. A low intensity, high volume of physical activity is present in rural South African children and adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism
Issue number1
Early online date15 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • activity levels
  • physcial activity
  • child activity

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