Natural Landscape, Infrastructure, and Health: The Physical Activity Implications of Urban Green Space Composition among the Elderly

Carme Miralles-Guasch, Javier Dopico, Xavier Delclòs-Alió, Pablo Knobel, Oriol Marquet, Roser Maneja-Zaragoza, Jasper Schipperijn, Guillem Vich

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Urban green spaces (UGS) have been linked with a series of benefits for the environment, and for the physical health and well-being of urban residents. This is of great importance in the context of the aging of modern societies. However, UGS have different forms and characteristics that can determine their utilization. Common elements in UGS such as the type of vegetation and the type of surface are surprisingly understudied in regard to their relationship with the type of activity undertaken in UGS. This paper aims to explore the relationship between landscape diversity and the type of surface with the time spent and the physical activity intensity performed by seniors. To do so, this study uses GPS tracking data in combination with accelerometer data gathered from 63 seniors residing in Barcelona, Spain. Results showed that senior participants spent little time inside the analyzed UGS and sedentary behaviors (SBs) were more common than physical activities (PAs). The presence of pavement surfaces positively influenced the total time spent in UGS while gravel surfaces were negatively associated with time spent in active behaviors. The provision of well-defined and maintained paved areas and paths are some key infrastructures to be considered when designing UGS for overall urban residents and, especially, when aiming to potentiate the access for senior visitors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3986
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume16
Issue number20
Number of pages14
ISSN1661-7827
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18. Oct 2019

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  • Barcelona
  • landscape
  • physical activity
  • seniors
  • urban green spaces

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Miralles-Guasch, Carme ; Dopico, Javier ; Delclòs-Alió, Xavier ; Knobel, Pablo ; Marquet, Oriol ; Maneja-Zaragoza, Roser ; Schipperijn, Jasper ; Vich, Guillem. / Natural Landscape, Infrastructure, and Health: The Physical Activity Implications of Urban Green Space Composition among the Elderly. In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019 ; Vol. 16, No. 20.
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