Cycling in Czechia: associations with cardiometabolic and mental health
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Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic Kamenice 5, 625 00 Bohunice Czech Republic
International Clinical Research Center (ICRC) of St Anne’s University Hospital (FNUSA) Pekařská 53, 602 00 Brno Czech Republic
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1549
Background and Objective:
Insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for mortality in Czechia. Cycling is one of the most popular physical activities worldwide. Despite its repeated health-related benefits, there is a lack of evidence about the prevalence, cardiometabolic, and mental components associated with this activity in the Central European region. This study aims to determine the prevalence of cycling regularly (150 min/week) in a population-based survey of Czech adults and its association with cardiometabolic and mental health factors.

Data are from the Kardiovize project, a population-based cross-sectional study with a random sample of 1% of the adult population (25-64 years) from Brno, Czech Republic. The multiple linear regression was applied to assess the association of cycling with different health outcomes. The fully adjusted model included age, sex, educational level, income, body fat percentage, relationship status, alcohol consumption, smoking, specific medication use, the season of assessment and non-cycling physical activity.

In total 2,109 subjects were included. The prevalence of cycling 150 min/week was 8.2% (n=174) and was higher in men. Regular cycling was significantly