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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of the participants (n = 5830)

From: Educational differences in self-rated physical fitness among Finns

  Women (n = 3108) Men (n = 2722)
  % or mean (n or SD) % or mean (n or SD)
Age group 25–34 18.1 (412) 15.1 (562)
% 35–44 19.9 (509) 18.7 (619)
  45–54 21.5 (564) 20.7 (668)
  55–64 20.9 (624) 22.9 (649)
  65–74 19.6 (613) 22.5 (610)
Self-rated physical fitness Poor 11.9 (370) 12.2 (333)
% Fair 40.1 (1245) 40.2 (1095)
  Good 42.5 (1320) 39.6 (1079)
  Very good 5.6 (173) 7.9 (215)
Education thirds 1 High 16.88 (3.08) 16.29 (2.79)
mean years (SD) Middle 12.68 (2.71) 11.40 (2.42)
  Low 9.97 (2.50) 9.01 (2.12)
Commuting PA ≥ 30 min 16.7 (520) 10.5 (285)
% < 30 min 27.1 (841) 25.3 (690)
  Inactive 56.2 (1747) 64.2 (1747)
Leisure time PA High 25.5 (792) 28.3 (770)
% Medium 54.9 (1706) 51.1 (1391)
  Low 19.6 (610) 20.6 (561)
Occupational PA Heavy 16.6 (516) 28.6 (778)
% Moderate 27.3 (850) 20.3 (553)
  Light 56.0 (1742) 51.1 (1391)
BMI < 25 44.4 (1381) 29.6 (806)
% 25–29.9 33.0 (1026) 48.7 (1326)
  ≥ 30 22.6 (701) 21.7 (590)
Chronic Diseases 2 No 58.1 (1806) 53.8 (1464)
% Yes 41.9 (1302) 46.2 (1258)
Smoking Never 63.5 (1973) 43.6 (1188)
% Former 19.6 (609) 32.2 (876)
  Daily 16.9 (526) 24.2 (658)
  1. 1) education represented in mean years (standard deviation in parentheses).
  2. 2) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative arthritis of the back or other joint or back related chronic diseases.