Issue addressed This study examined the association between domains of quality of life (QoL) and the frequency of cycling by men and women. Method A cross-sectional survey of 846 healthy adults in Sydney, Australia measured cycling behaviour and self-reported QoL. Participants were aged 18-55 years and were living within 5km of the centre. Cycling frequency for all purposes was recorded as weekly, less than weekly or never cycling. QoL was measured using the four QoL domains of the WHOQOL-BREF: physical psychological, social and environment. Linear regression was used to assess the association between cycling and QoL. Results Among men, at least weekly cycling was associated with physical QoL (P≤0.002) and any cycling was positively associated with psychological wellbeing (at least weekly P≤0.01, less than weekly P≤0.01) after adjusting for age, education and income. No significant associations were observed for women. Conclusion Frequent cycling was associated with higher physical and psychological QoL in men, but not among women in this sample. No relationship was observed between cycling and the environment and social QoL domains. So what? These findings suggest that cycling offers physical and psychological QoL benefits for men.
- quality of life (QOL)
- cross-sectional survey