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Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity Participation in Western Australia: 2006-2007 & 2006-08

Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity

In 2006/2007 Western Australia introduced Daylight Saving on a trial basis for three years. The Taskforce conducted research to investigate the impact of Daylight Saving on physical activity participation in Western Australia between November 2006 and March 2008.

Interestingly, the survey showed that while people expected to change their physical activity behaviour with the introduction of daylight saving, they did not necessarily change in the way that they anticipated.

  • Over 20% of people thought they would continue exercising in the morning; however, they stopped their morning activity altogether.
  • Correspondingly, 30% of people who did not believe they would be active in the morning and evening actually were.
  • Female reondents were more likely to have changed their physical activity patterns compared with males and were more likely to have reduced the number of sessions of physical activity they engaged in, particularly the morning session.
  • Respondents from the country were more likely to have reduced their participation in physical activity as a result of the introduction of daylight saving compared with their metropolitan counterparts.

Further information about the physical activity levels of Western Australian adults can be found in the Physical Activity Adult Survey reports (1999, 2002, 2006, 2009).

The following two reports were developed to outline the key findings.

Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity Participation in Western Australia 2006/2007

Impact of Daylight Saving on Physical Activity Participation in Western Australia 2006/2007

This report provides evidence for the impact of daylight saving on the physical activity of West Australian adults between November 2006 and March 2007.

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Relevance: State
Year published: 2007
The Effect of Daylight Saving on West Australian Adults' Physical Activity 2006-2008

The Effect of Daylight Saving on West Australian Adults' Physical Activity 2006-2008

To understand the impact daylight saving had on the physical activity patterns of Western Australians, a cohort of 1300 adult residents was interviewed about when they were physical active prior to the introduction of daylight saving and again at the end of the daylight saving period.

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Year published: 2008