International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences Vol. 9(4A), pp. 125 - 129
DOI: 10.13189/saj.2021.091321
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Pattern of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Early Childhood


Adang Suherman , Nur Indri Rahayu *, Jajat , Mohammad Zaky
Faculty of Sport and Health Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung, Indonesia

ABSTRACT

The research aimed to examine the prevalence and comparisons between physical activity and sedentary behavior of early-year children in preschool. The samples were 55 early-year children under five years old whose parents were willing to become participants voluntarily. Considering that the children have a plasticity characteristic, it is possible to form movement and healthy behavior from this early stage. Twenty-four-hour movement behaviors (physical activity, sedentary time, and sleep) were assessed using the ActiGraphTM accelerometer. Compared to early childhood children in a rural area, the results showed that early childhood children in urban areas were more physically active and spent less time on sedentary behavior (p < 0.05). Overall, there were no physical activities or sedentary behavior differences based on gender (p > 0.05). Meanwhile, male children in the rural area spent less physical activity and were more sedentary than male children in the urban area (p < 0.05). There was no difference in both physical activity and sedentary behavior (p > 0.05). These findings suggest that interventions aiming to improve physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior in early childhood may be more effective by considering the residential location.

KEYWORDS
Early Childhood, Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Adang Suherman , Nur Indri Rahayu , Jajat , Mohammad Zaky , "Pattern of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Early Childhood," International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 4A, pp. 125 - 129, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2021.091321.

(b). APA Format:
Adang Suherman , Nur Indri Rahayu , Jajat , Mohammad Zaky (2021). Pattern of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Early Childhood. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 9(4A), 125 - 129. DOI: 10.13189/saj.2021.091321.