Physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular disease risk factors among adults in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway


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Physical activity among adults in Sogn og Fjordane


Regular physical activity and high cardiorespiratory fitness are related to important aspects of health, as increased longevity and decreased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. There exist few studies that have investigated objective measured physical activity and directly measured cardiorespiratory fitness regionally. Sogn og Fjordane county has Norway’s longest living population and is among the counties with the lowest incidence of CVD risk factors. Due to the National Health Screening Service from 1975 to 1996, data on secular trends for CVD risk factors do exists.

The aim of this study is to describe objective measured physical activity, directly measured cardiorespiratory fitness and CVD risk factors, in addition to secular trends. 


All 40-42-year-olds in Luster, Sogndal and Leikanger were invited to participate in the study. In phase 1, 314 40-42-year-olds and 308 53-55-year-olds wore an activity monitor for seven days and completed at questionnaire. In phase 2, 107 40-42-year-olds and 111 53-55-year-olds tested cardiorespiratory fitness and CVD risk factors