• Dragana Bislimovska Institute of Occupational Health of R.N. Macedonia


physical activity health paradox, workers, subjective methods, objective methods


The high incidence of physical inactivity in the last decades increases the need for development and use of lifestyle interventions that promote physical activity, especially among the working population.

The levels of occupational and leisure time physical activity differ and are specific among workers form different occupations, often creating opposing health effects or the so called “physical activity health paradox”.

The aim of this paper is to present different methods for physical activity evaluation, and to determine the best methodological approach for the evaluation of the physical activity and its domains among the working population.

Through literature review, the most common methods for physical activity evaluation among the working population are shown: subjective (interview, self-reported questionnaires and physical activity logs), objective (measurement of energy expenditure, physiological measurements, use of motion sensors) and combined methods (subjective-objective).

Criteria for selection of corresponding methodological approach for physical activity evaluation among the working population are discussed, including the characteristics of the examined population and the used methods (quality, objectivity, level of work load, cost-effectiveness, specific limitations).

The obtained data will help create recommendations for interventions for health promotion among the working population.


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