Submitted to: CRC Press
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/31/2012
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Physical activity is an important component of energy expenditure and contributes to energy intake needs. It is important to understand how to design research studies and interventions that include assessment, monitoring, and/or measuring physical activity. This review article provides an overview of physical activity assessment, describes important assessment issues, discusses relevant aspects to be considered when selecting a method for assessing physical activity, and reviews in detail the different methods available, including new methodological advancements.
Technical Abstract: Physical activity is an important component of total energy expenditure, contributing to energy intake needs; it also provides certain health benefits. This review chapter provides state-of-the-art information to researchers and clinicians who are interested in developing research studies or interventions with physical activity components. The topics covered include important physical activity assessment issues, relevant aspects to be considered when selecting a method for assessing physical activity, and details about the different methods available, including new methodological advancements.