Physical Activity of Urban- Dwelling Older People in Sri Lanka





Older adults, Physical activity, Sri Lanka, Urban-dwelling

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  • Bimba Wickramarachchi Univeriti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Sidiah Siop Univeriti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Bilesha Perera University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka


There is a paucity of information on physical activity behaviour of older adults in Sri Lanka.  This study determined the physical activity status of urban-dwelling older adults in a district in the country. A cross sectional survey of 880 subjects (aged 60+ years) was conducted using the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire. The prevalence rates of physically inactive, sufficiently active and highly active were 21.5%, 78.5% and 52.7% respectively. Women were more active than men (Women, 80.9% versus men, 75.5%, p < 0.05). Activity at work accounted for the highest portion of physical activity as reported by the participants [Median = 2400 MET/Week, 95% CI: 240, 4800] followed by active transport [Median =120 MET/Week, 95% CI: 0, 560] and leisure-time activity [Median = 0 MET/Week, 95% CI: 0, 270]. Factors contributing for extensively engaging activity at work need further investigations and older adults should be encouraged to do leisure-time physical activities.

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Wickramarachchi B, Siop S, Perera B. Physical Activity of Urban- Dwelling Older People in Sri Lanka. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Dec. 31 [cited 2023 Jan. 29];32(4):717-21. Available from:


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