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Table 2 Baseline characteristics of the Start to Run group and control group

From: Effectiveness of Start to Run, a 6-week training program for novice runners, on increasing health-enhancing physical activity: a controlled study

  Start to Run groupa Control group P
Sample size (n) 100 100  
Age (years)    
  Mean ± SD 40 ± 10 42 ± 9 0.12
  Min-max 21-71 23-77  
Sex (%)    
  Male 30.0 30.0 1.0
  Female 70.0 70.0  
Dutch physical activity guidelines (%)    
  Compliance with DNHPA 48.0 59.0 0.12
  Compliance with Fit-norm 56.0 55.0 0.89
  Compliance with Combi-norm 58.0 65.0 0.31
Physical activity by intensity, mean ± SD (min/week)    
  Light-intensity activities 1814 ± 1224 1958 ± 1263 0.42
  Moderate-intensity activities 213 ± 453 406 ± 596 0.01*
  Vigorous-intensity activities 238 ± 250 253 ± 337 0.73
Physical activity by domain, mean ± SD (min/week)    
  Commuting activities 88 ± 137 117 ± 251 0.30
  Leisure-time activities 257 ± 296 328 ± 407 0.16
  Sports activities 126 ± 166 107 ± 147 0.40
  Household activities 552 ± 780 919 ± 968 0.004*
  Activities at work and school 1309 ± 935 1182 ± 951 0.35
Total time spent in physical activity, mean ± SD (min/week) 2265 ± 1251 2616 ± 1356 0.06
  1. aStart to Run participants who completed the six months assessment.
  2. *Significant (p<0.05) difference between groups.