Waist-worn actigraphy: Population-referenced percentiles for total activity counts in U.S. adults
Background: Accelerometer-derived total activity count is a measure of total physical activity (PA) volume. The purpose of this study was to develop age- and gender-specific percentiles for daily total activity counts (TAC), minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and minutes of light physical activity (LPA) in U.S. adults. Methods: Waist-worn accelerometer data from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used for this analysis. The sample included adults ≥20 years with ≥10 hours accelerometer wear time on ≥4 days (N = 6093). MVPA and LPA were defined as the number of 1-minute epochs with counts ≥2020 and 100 to 2019, respectively. TAC represented the activity counts acquired daily. TAC, MVPA, and LPA were averaged across valid days to produce a daily mean. Results: Males in the 50th percentile accumulated 288 140 TAC/day, with 357 and 22 minutes/day spent in LPA and MVPA, respectively. The median for females was 235 741 TAC/ day, with 349 and 12 minutes/day spent in LPA and MVPA, respectively. Conclusions: Population-referenced TAC percentiles reflect the total volume of PA, expressed relative to other adults. This is a different approach to accelerometer data reduction that complements the current method of looking at time spent in intensity subcategories.
Journal of Physical Activity and Health
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Wolff-Hughes, Fitzhugh, E. C., Bassett, D. R., & Churilla, J. R. (2015). Waist-Worn Actigraphy: Population-Referenced Percentiles for Total Activity Counts in U.S. Adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 12(4), 447–453. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2013-0464