Little information has been reported on the leisure time physical activity (LTPA) habits of adults with mental retardation. Prevalence of physical inactivity and recommended LTPA of adults with mild to moderate mental retardation who live in community settings was described. Adults with mental retardation (76 men, 74 women) reported their physical activity habits. Overall, men and women who resided in community settings were similarly inactive, with 47% to 51% of individuals participating in little to no LTPA. Forty-two to 47% of them reported participation in moderate to vigorous LTPA five or more times per week. Limitations to quantifying physical activity through questionnaire process is discussed and development and implementation of programs designed to increase physical activity levels recommended.
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