Mismatch, empowerment, fatigue or balance? Four scenarios of physical activity up to 2030 in Finland

Katariina Kiviluoto (Corresponding Author), Petri Tapio, Ira Ahokas, Minna Aittasalo, Sami Kokko, Tommi Vasankari, Anu Tuominen, Riikka Paloniemi, Birgitta Sandberg, Leila Hurmerinta

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Abstract

Sedentary lifestyles and the lack of physical activity (PA) are a major concern among all age groups, and current generations tend to be less fit than the previous ones in the Western World. At the same time, there is an urgent need to cut transport-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Major gains can be foreseen if current car-centred lifestyles and sedentary behaviour are addressed from an integrated perspective. In this study, we explore future scenarios in the intersections of PA and active lifestyles as well as related environmental and health benefits in Finland. We used a disaggregative Delphi approach to examine the topic. Although frequently used in health-related research, Delphi has rarely been used in exploring alternative futures or non-consensus. The study design was based on a mixed-methods approach where we combined both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Building on the experts’ perceptions on alternative futures, we formulated four scenarios for PA up to 2030, which we named Mismatch, Empowerment, Fatigue and Balance. The scenarios may be utilised as guides in developing future policies and decision-making, and to build better futures. Our scenarios demonstrate that alternatives do exist, and actions can be realigned with the positive scenarios of Empowerment and Balance. The physically inactive scenarios of Mismatch and Fatigue represent avoidable scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103036
JournalFutures
Volume144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Active lifestyles
  • Active travel
  • Delphi
  • Mixed-methods
  • Physical activity
  • Scenarios

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