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The Association between Regular Physical Exercise and Self-Rated Health in the Late Middle-Aged and Older Population: Results of Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging

  • The Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2023, 7(2), pp.143-154
  • Publisher : The Society for Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : May 15, 2023
  • Accepted : August 19, 2023
  • Published : August 31, 2023

Yang Jeong Min 1 Jae-Hyun Kim 1

1단국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship between regular exercise and self-rated health (SRH) in the late middle-aged and older Koran population. In this study, the 1st to 6th Korea Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA) was used to analyze 3,871 participants excluding missing values, multi-variate logistic regression analysis and the generalized estimating equation (GEE) model were used to identify the association between regular physical exercise and SRH. Among individuals with less than a year or between 1-2 years of regular physical exercise, negative health reports were 1.465 or 1.29 times higher, respectively, than reports from those who had been exercising for more than five years, and these differences existed even after simultaneously correcting for weekly exercise times and durations of physical activity. Furthermore, among males and females who had less than a year of regular exercise, negative health self-reports were 1.693 and 1.287 times higher, respectively, than reports from males and females who had been exercising for more than five years. In this study, the research results revealed that while regular physical exercise affected SRH, weekly exercise hours did not exert any influence on the same. Lower regularity and continuity of exercise correlated with greater risk of negative SRH, and this association was more prevalent in men than in women. To increase the utilization of existing and planned sports facilities, it is necessary to plan and actively promote various sports programs for residents.

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