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Table 1 Characteristics of the seven participating couples

From: How do couples influence each other’s physical activity behaviours in retirement? An exploratory qualitative study

Couple Pseudonym EPIC cohort participant Age Former occupation Time in retirement Physical activity behaviour
Couple 1 Arnold No 66 Ironworker 2 years Daily dog walking, regular gardening, regular DIY, walking for transport
  Norma Yes 64 Healthcare worker 4 years Daily dog walking, occasional swimming, daily cycling, regular gardening, occasional child care, occasional line dancing, walking for transport
Couple 2 Stan Yes 63 Military/office manager 5 years Regular recreational walking, occasional swimming, occasional cycling, regular gardening, occasional child care, walking for transport
  Mary Yes 65 Retail manager 2 years Regular recreational walking, occasional cycling, regular weight training, regular gardening, occasional child care, walking for transport
Couple 3 Ralph Yes 63 Military/administrative assistant Gradual retirement Occasional recreational walking, occasional gardening
  Gwen Yes 65 Administrative assistant 5 years, does regular voluntary work Occasional recreational walking, regular swimming, regular aerobic classes, regular gardening, regular walking for transport
Couple 4 Terry No 68 Gardener Partly retired Regular running, regular race cycling, regular exercise classes, regular weight training, cycling for transport
  Louise Yes 65 Administrative assistant 2 years Regular recreational walking, occasional cycling, occasional gardening
Couple 5 Peter Yes 66 Head teacher 4 years, regular voluntary work Daily dog walking, occasional DIY, regular childcare, regular care for elderly parents
  Jill No 64 Secretary 5 years Daily dog walking, regular dog agility classes, regular childcare, regular care for elderly parents
Couple 6 John No 70 Gardener Partly retired Regular gardening (part-time occupation), regular recreational walking, regular childcare, regular walking for transport
  Pamela Yes 65 Administrative assistant 4 years Regular treadmill exercise at home, regular childcare, regular walking for transport
Couple 7 Graham No 67 Printer 4 years Regular recreational walking, regular gardening, regular golfing, walking for transport
  Kate Yes 65 Pharmacy assistant 5 years Regular recreational walking, regular keep-fit classes, regular gardening, walking for transport