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Volume 21, Issue 2


Activities of Daily Living and Health

Eszter Füzéki
  • Eszter Füzéki, M.A.Goethe Universität FrankfurtInstitut für SportwissenschaftenAbteilung SportmedizinGinnheimer Landstraße 3960487 Frankfurt
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Published Online: 2015-01-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phf.2013.03.002


Activities of daily living, such as household, gardening, stair climbing, walking and cycling are now acknowledged as a major health resource, and explicitly advocated by many health authorities. Of activities of daily living, walking has received by far the most scientific interest both in prevention and therapy of chronic diseases. A considerable body of scientific evidence suggests that activities of daily living yield health benefits meaningful at the public health level. Promotion of these activities might be a promising way to improve health in unfit and elderly population disinclined to exercise.


Aktivitäten des täglichen Lebens, wie Haushaltsaktivitäten, Gartenarbeit, Gehen, Fahrradfahren und Treppensteigen werden von führenden Gesundheitsorganisationen als gesundheitsfördernd empfohlen. Am besten erforscht und dokumentiert sind die Effekte des Gehens auf unterschiedliche körperliche und mentale Gesundheitsparameter bei Gesunden und chronisch Kranken. Die Förderung von Alltagsaktivitäten kann die Gesundheit inaktiver, älterer und sportferner Menschen stark verbessern.

Keywords: activities of daily living; walking; public health; prevention; therapy

Schlüsselwörter: Aktivitäten des täglichen Lebens; Gehen; Public Health; Prävention; Therapie


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Published Online: 2015-01-09

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Citation Information: Public Health Forum, Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 4–6, ISSN (Online) 1876-4851, ISSN (Print) 0944-5587, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phf.2013.03.002.

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