Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health

Tadahiro Ohtsu, Yoshitaka Kaneita, Sayaka Aritake, Kazuo Mishima, Makoto Uchiyama, Tsuneto Akashiba, Naohisa Uchimura, Shigeyuki Nakajr, Takeshi Munezawa, Naoki Shimada, Akatsuki Kokaze, Takashi Ohida

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Little research has been done on the association between relaxation and health. In the present study, by conducting a nationwide cross-sectional survey, we aimed to obtain scientific data on the preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and to clarify the associations between specific recreational activities and self-perceived mental and physical health. We selected 4,000 households by stratified random sampling from across Japan in November 2009 and used the interview method to collect data (number of subjects: 2,206). The questionnaire contained items on sleep, recreation status, recreational activities, and self-perceived mental and physical health status. We obtained responses from 1,224 adults (response rate: 55.5%). Insufficient rest from sleep, short sleep duration (<6h/day), ineffective use of free time, and less free time used for activities other than rest showed independent positive associations with poor mental and physical health. The results of the logistic regression analyses showed significantly low adjusted odds ratios with regard to the status of poor mental and physical health for outings/walking among men (0.33 [95% confidence interval; 0.160.68] and 0.49 [0.260.90], respectively), and for community activities among women (0.19 [0.04-0.79] and 0.27 [0.09-0.77], respectively). Relaxation for the promotion of health should include both passive relaxation (rest) and active relaxation (recreation). In addition, ensuring sufficient sleep duration is important for passive relaxation, and engaging in outings/walking for men and community activities for women are important for active relaxation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalActa Medica Okayama
Volume66
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 23
Externally publishedYes

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Health Promotion
Mental Health
Sleep
Health
Walking
Health Status
Japan
Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Regression Analysis
Confidence Intervals
Interviews
Logistics
Research
Sampling

Keywords

  • Active relaxation
  • Passive relaxation
  • Recreational activity
  • Self-perceived health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Ohtsu, T., Kaneita, Y., Aritake, S., Mishima, K., Uchiyama, M., Akashiba, T., ... Ohida, T. (2012). Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health. Acta Medica Okayama, 66(1), 41-51.

Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health. / Ohtsu, Tadahiro; Kaneita, Yoshitaka; Aritake, Sayaka; Mishima, Kazuo; Uchiyama, Makoto; Akashiba, Tsuneto; Uchimura, Naohisa; Nakajr, Shigeyuki; Munezawa, Takeshi; Shimada, Naoki; Kokaze, Akatsuki; Ohida, Takashi.

In: Acta Medica Okayama, Vol. 66, No. 1, 23.02.2012, p. 41-51.

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Ohtsu, T, Kaneita, Y, Aritake, S, Mishima, K, Uchiyama, M, Akashiba, T, Uchimura, N, Nakajr, S, Munezawa, T, Shimada, N, Kokaze, A & Ohida, T 2012, 'Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health', Acta Medica Okayama, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 41-51.
Ohtsu T, Kaneita Y, Aritake S, Mishima K, Uchiyama M, Akashiba T et al. Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health. Acta Medica Okayama. 2012 Feb 23;66(1):41-51.
Ohtsu, Tadahiro ; Kaneita, Yoshitaka ; Aritake, Sayaka ; Mishima, Kazuo ; Uchiyama, Makoto ; Akashiba, Tsuneto ; Uchimura, Naohisa ; Nakajr, Shigeyuki ; Munezawa, Takeshi ; Shimada, Naoki ; Kokaze, Akatsuki ; Ohida, Takashi. / Preferable forms of relaxation for health promotion, and the association between recreational activities and self-perceived health. In: Acta Medica Okayama. 2012 ; Vol. 66, No. 1. pp. 41-51.
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