Skip to main content

Table 2 Associations between self-reported occupational/leisure time physical activity and systolic ambulatory blood pressure (mmHg) (N=182)

From: Occupational and leisure time physical activity in contrasting relation to ambulatory blood pressure

Occupational physical activity groups crude mean SBP at work (SD) P(T-test) P* (Ancova) crude mean SBP at home (SD) P(T-test) P* (Ancova) crude mean SBP during sleep (SD) P(T-test) P* (Ancova)
Summary measure of occupational physical activity   <0.01 0.06   <0.05 0.11   <0.01 0.07
  High 136.4 (13.8)    133.7 (12.3)    118.8 (13.7)   
  Low 130.0 (11.0)    128.6 (10.1)    111.8 (10.7)   
High physical effort at work   <0.05 0.12   0.06 0.17   <0.05 0.10
  High 134.4 (14.0)    132.2 (12.6)    116.8 (12.2)   
  Low 130.2 (10.7)    128.7 (9.8)    112.0 (11.1)   
Lifting heavy loads at work   <0.05 <0.05   <0.05 <0.05   <0.01 <0.05
  High 135.6 (14.6)    133.5 (12.6)    118.1 (13.1)   
  Low 130.3 (10.8)    128.7 (10.0)    112.1 (11.0)   
Rapid physical activity at work   0.37 0.94   0.68 0.71   0.22 0.90
  High 132.7 (13.3)    130.2 (11.2)    115.1 (12.5)   
  Low 130.8 (11.4)    129.4 (10.5)    112.6 (11.3)   
Awkward body positions at work   0.07 0.67   0.24 0.79   <0.05 0.40
  High 134.5 (12.3)    131.5 (12.6)    117.7 (13.7)   
  Low 130.5 (11.5)    129.1 (10.1)    112.2 (10.8)   
Awkward positions of head or arms at work   <0.01 0.22   0.06 0.72   <0.05 0.48
  High 135.7 (13.1)    132.4 (13.0)    117.4 (14.6)   
  Low 130.0 (11.1)    128.8 (9.8)    112.1 (10.4)   
Leisure time physical activity groups crude mean SBP at work (SD) P ( T -test) P ** (Ancova) crude mean SBP at home (SD) P ( T -test) P ** (Ancova) crude mean SBP during sleep (SD) P ( T -test) P ** (Ancova)
Leisure time physical activity   0.72 0.29   0.55 0.22   0.64 0.47
  High 130.4 (11.5)    128.4 (11.1)    112.2 (8.1)   
  Low 131.4 (11.8)    129.8 (10.6)    113.4 (12.0)   
  1. Abbreviations: SBP, systolic blood pressure; SD, standard deviation; Ancova, Analysis of Covariance.
  2. Significant associations at the 0.05 level are in bold.
  3. * Adjusted for gender, age, BMI, smoking, job strain and usual level of leisure time physical activity.
  4. ** Adjusted for gender, age, BMI, smoking, job strain and usual level of occupational physical activity (summary measure).