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Leisure time physical activity of young women from the Carpathian Euroregion in relation to the Body Mass Index
 
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University of Rzeszow, Physical Education Department, Poland
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Krosno State College, Institute of Physical Education, Poland
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Rzeszow University of Technology, Department of Quantitative Methods in Economics, Poland
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University of Presov, Physical Education Department, Slovakia
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Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education, Biała Podlaska, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2014;21(3):622–626
 
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Carpathian Euroregion gathers the population of 5 countries, including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania- the European Union members, as well as Ukraine. Young women are statistically less involved in high-intensity physical activity than young men. The objective of this work was to assess the relation between physical activity of young women aged 18-21 years old and BMI and conditioning factors. The study was conducted between 2010 and 2011 among 2339 women. The Minnesota Leisure Time Physical Activity Questionnarie (MLTPAQ) was applied. It results from the study that 74.2% of young women is considered to have the proper BMI rate (18.5-24.9). As many as 16.2% is considered underweight and almost 10% have higher BMI rate and are overweight. More than one third of respondents did not gain the level of physical activity of 1000 kcal/week, and that is the minimum recommended amount of leisure physical activity time per week. In case of women with low level of physical activity (<1000 kcal), as many as 52% of week activity considered low-intensity activity EEPAlight. The character of changes of the BMI index with reference to the level of physical activity is very similar in the women from towns/cities and the women from villages. An increase of BMI along with the total physical activity was related among all to the increase of free fat mass FFM despite of the level of physical.
 
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