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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics and daily minutes of sedentary behavior(s) of the total analytic sample and subsample

From: Older adults’ reporting of specific sedentary behaviors: validity and reliability

Characteristics Total analytic sample (n = 442) Subsamplea(n = 28)
Age (M ± SD) 74.2 ± 6.2 76.6 ± 6.5
Gender (% women) 54.8 50.0
Marital status (%)   
  Widowed 21.2 21.4
  Never married/divorced 12.7 10.7
  Married/cohabiting 66.1 67.9
Educational level (%)   
  Primary education 25.8 18.5
  Secondary education 36.1 29.6
  Tertiary education 38.1 51.8
Occupation (%)   
  Household 18.0 14.3
  Blue collar 26.9 21.5
  White collar 55.1 64.3
BMI (M ± SD) 22.3 ± 3.6 22.4 ± 2.9
Self-rated health (% fair/poor)b 18.1 14.3
% limited to walk more than 1 kmb 26.5 28.6
Accelerometer-derived MVPA (M ± SD) 16.2 ± 16.8 17.0 ± 11.4
Accelerometer-derived sedentary time (M ± SD) 580.4 ± 97.7 596.5 ± 111.5
TV viewing (Med; Q1-Q3) 175.7; 90.0 - 240.0 175.7; 60.0 – 180.0
Computer use (Med; Q1-Q3) 0.0; 0.0 - 60.0 0.0; 0.0 – 93.8
Reading (Med; Q1-Q3) 60.0; 30.0 – 93.2 60.0; 30.0 – 120.0
Sedentary hobbies (Med; Q1-Q3) 0.0; 0.0 – 34.3 0.0; 0.0 – 25.7
Seated conversation or listening to music (Med; Q1-Q3) 25.7; 5.4 – 51.4 25.7; 4.3 – 51;4
Telephone use (Med; Q1-Q3) 1.4; 0.0 – 8.6 1.1; 0.0 – 20.0
Public transport (Med; Q1-Q3) 1.4; 0.0 – 11.4 11.1; 0.0 – 25.7
Driving a car (Med; Q1-Q3) 8.6; 0.0 - 22.9 0.0; 0.0 – 23.6
Passenger in a car (Med; Q1-Q3) 0.0; 0.0 - 8.6 3.6; 0.0 – 12.9
Sitting during household chores (Med; Q1-Q3) 0.0; 0.0 - 0.0 0.0; 0.0 - 0.0
Resting (Med; Q1-Q3) 19.3; 0.0 – 45.0 10.7; 0.0 – 43.8
Eating (Med; Q1-Q3) 75.0; 60.0 – 90.0 90.0; 60.0 – 90.0
Total sitting time (Med; Q1-Q3) 475.0; 383.0 - 599.0 459.6; 356.3 – 585.2
  1. aSubsample used for the reliability analysis.
  2. bDerived from the SF-36 questionnaire.
  3. M = mean, SD = standard deviation, Med = median, Q1 = quartile 1, Q3 = quartile 3.
  4. All physical activity and sedentary behaviors are expressed in minutes/day.