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Table 4 Daily physical activity (MET minutes/day) at different intensity levels for boys and girls

From: Objectively determined habitual physical activity in South African adolescents: the PAHL study

  All All
  Boys Girls Black White
  Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
Sleep/Sedentary PA < 1.5 METs 1178.0 ± 88.9a 1070.0 ± 108.4a 1091.0 ± 103.1 1174.0 ± 122.3b
Light 1.5 – 3.0 METs 234.1 ± 81.7a 306.9 ± 85.5a 296.0 ± 80.47 225.0 ± 99.5b
Moderate PA >3 – 6 METs 33.2 ± 32.5a 58.6 ± 39.0a 46.2 ± 37.6 55.6 ± 40.8
Vigorous PA >6 METs 1.8 ± 2.7 2.5 ± 4.9 1.7 ± 3.2 3.9 ± 5.8b
MVPA >3 METSs 35.0 ± 32.9a 61.1 ± 52.2a 47.9 ± 39.6 59.5 ± 41.8
  Boys Girls
  Black White Black White
  Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD Mean ± SD
Sleep/Sedentary PA < 1.5 METs 1154.0 ± 85.1 1224.0 ± 78.6 1058.0 ± 96.48 1118.0 ± 139.5
Light 1.5 – 3.0 METs 259.0 ± 78.54 187.0 ± 65.5 316.3 ± 74.6 269.0 ± 114.1
Moderate PA >3 – 6 METs 25.9 ± 24.6 46.7 ± 40.7 56.9 ± 38.9 65.8 ± 39.1
Vigorous PA >6 METs 1.2 ± 1.7 2.8 ± 3.8 1.8 ± 3.9 5.1 ± 7.5
MVPA >3 METSs 27.2 ± 25.3 49.6 ± 40.5 58.8 ± 41.4 70.9 ± 41.1
  1. METs = metabolic equivalents; PA = physical activity; MVPA = moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
  2. Values represented as means ± standard deviation. Comparisons between gender and race groups were completed using independent t-tests when data was normally distributed and Mann-Whitney U-test for non-normally distributed data.
  3. a p < 0.05 Girls vs Boys.
  4. b p < 0.05 Black vs White.