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THE LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN VIEW OF PATIENTS’ OCCUPATIONAL STATUS IN A HEALTH RESORT AND CLIENTS’ IN SPA NAŁĘCZÓW

Introduction: The scope of problems concerning health resort patients and spa clients is rarely undertaken in Polish literature, especially in terms of their physical activity, which is among the most important health factors. Material and method: The study conducted in the Nałęczów Health Resort and SPA included 771 patients as well as 173 clients of the Nałęczów Spa. Physical activity was evaluated on the basis of a short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Results: The patients were characterized by a relatively low level of total physical activity, and its dominant form was walking. No significant differences in physical activity were observed according to the occupational status. The clients’ level of physical activity was considerably higher than that of the patients’, with a nearly an equal proportion of low and moderate levels. It is surprising that no significant differences in the respondents’ physical activity were found relating to their occupational status, which is very alarming especially in respect to students.
Conclusions: The level of physical activity was considerably lower among Health Resort patients than spa clients. No significant differences in the level of physical activity were observed in view of their occupational status.



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