Prevalence and Practice of Recommended Physical Activity Level among Middle-Age Adults in Nekemte Town, Western Ethiopia


Sidise Debelo, Alemu Adeba*, Dessalegn Tamiru and Tefera Belachew


The adaption and adoption of a healthy lifestyle remains a concern globally. Physical inactivity prevalence was high worldwide. It is one of the major risk factor for degenerative diseases. The WHO set a target of a 15 % relative reduction in the prevalence of insufficient physical activity by 0.25 among adults worldwide. However in Ethiopia, there is no national wise estimate for physical inactivity and physical activity by levels, domain, intensity, frequency and duration among middle age not stated in west Ethiopia.


The study aimed to assess prevalence and Recommended level of physical activity among adults in Nekemte dwellers.


A community based cross sectional study.


The prevalence of physical inactive was high. From all patterns of physical activities, large proportions of participants reported for transportation (89.10 %), occupational (86.84 %) and household/ domestic physical activities (78.57 %), but least for recreational activities like other low income countries. The prevalence of physical inactivity of adults was 53.38 %, according to activity guideline. Only few (11.28 %) participants fit the recommended physical activity levels.


This study reveals the level of physical inactivity, which is risk factor for developing non-communicable diseases high and only few of them fit the global recommended activity level in Nekemte. Therefore, educating community on physical activities targeting age group will increase activity level and reduce burden of chronic diseases.