Special Issue "New Perspectives in the Analysis of Healthy Lifestyles with Special Focus on Physical Activity"

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Dr. Marta Leyton-Román
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Department of Humanities, Sport Studies Center, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28032 Madrid, Spain
Interests: physical activity; sport; motivation; healthy lifestyles; psychological variables
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Dr. Ruth Jiménez-Castuera
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Didactic and Behavioral Analysis in Sport Research Group, Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres 10003, Spain
Interests: motivation; psychosocial factors; healthy lifestyles; physical education; physical activity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A healthy lifestyle involves the acquisition and maintenance of habits that promote people’s health, such as having appropriate eating habits (maintaining a balanced diet and respecting meal times), healthy resting habits, avoiding stress and the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs, in addition to the regular practice of physical activity. It is very important that adherence to habits that configure healthy lifestyles be adopted from an early age to avoid premature morbidity, as well as to alleviate other diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, type II diabetes, and even cancer.

The objective of this Special Issue is to present a collection of papers detailing the latest scientific advances regarding the importance of applying strategies in order to develop healthy lifestyles; the development of programs and measures to analyze lifestyles and carry out strategies to improve them; and the analysis of behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and biological aspects that determine the commitment to the variables that make up a healthy lifestyle. It is also important to study the role of social agents, such as the significant others of the subject (family, friends, teachers, and coaches) as well as the role that the media play in shaping the patterns of people’s lifestyles.

In order to highlight the importance of physical activity, which we consider to be one of the factors crucial to the development of healthy lifestyles as it is associated with positive behaviors that are part of such lifestyles, we are interested in research aimed at the analysis and development of strategies to encourage the practice of regular physical activity to support the promotion of healthy behavior patterns. In addition, we intend to publish studies that analyze and demonstrate the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to improve quality of life.

To this end, we welcome the submission of quantitative and qualitative, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intervention studies that analyze the different factors that make up healthy lifestyles in different population groups, that is, from the youngest to the oldest.

Dr. Marta Leyton-Román
Dr. Ruth Jiménez-Castuera
Guest Editors

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  • Physical activity
  • Eating habits
  • Resting habits
  • Tobacco consumption
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drug consumption
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Adherence
  • Motivational processes
  • Health
  • Quality of life
  • Healthy lifestyle

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Youth Leisure-Time Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire (YLSBQ): Reliability and Validity in Colombian University Students
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7895; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18157895 - 26 Jul 2021
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Sedentary behavior (SB) is influenced by variations in social, cultural and economic contexts. This study assesses the test–retest reliability and validity of the Youth Leisure-time Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire (YLSBQ), a self-report tool that examines total and domain-specific SB in a cohort of young [...] Read more.
Sedentary behavior (SB) is influenced by variations in social, cultural and economic contexts. This study assesses the test–retest reliability and validity of the Youth Leisure-time Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire (YLSBQ), a self-report tool that examines total and domain-specific SB in a cohort of young adults from Colombia. A cross-sectional validation study was conducted among 447 Colombian college students (52.8% men; mean (± standard deviation) age of 19.55 ± 2.54 years). To assess the reliability of the YLSBQ, Kappa statistics (k) were used. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was conducted to determine validity. The Cronbach alpha for the 12 behaviors of the YLSBQ showed a good-to-excellent internal consistency (0.867, ranging from 0.715–0.935). Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) indicated that 10 items (83.0%) and two items (17.0%) showed excellent and good reliability, respectively. Furthermore, ICC between the total sedentary time was 0.926 (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.912 − 0.939), which was interpreted as excellent. The goodness-of-fit tests provided evidence that overall, a four-factor solution was an adequate fit with the time scores. In conclusion, the YLSBQ could be considered a reliable, valid and usable tool for the assessment of SB in young adults in a Latin American country. We found that the psychometric properties of the questionnaire were similar to those of the original Spanish validation study. Full article
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