Physical activity measurement--a primer for health promotion

Promot Educ. 2006;13(2):92-103. doi: 10.1177/10253823060130020103.


As the importance of physical activity is recognised in health promotion, the task of measuring it becomes a central research and practice challenge. Measurement of physical activity is important to policy makers interested in population surveillance, as well as to practitioners interested in programme evaluation and research. This review outlines 'best practice' in physical activity measurement, and provides an inventory of established physical activity and related measures for use in health promotion programme evaluation, research and surveillance at the national and local level.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Data Collection
  • Exercise*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Research Design*