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Table 2 Median METs/week for different types of physical activity by socio-demographic characteristics (N = 5663)

From: Physical activity and associated factors from a cross-sectional survey among adults in northern Tanzania

  Work related activity Leisure time activity Transport related activity
Variables n (%) Median (METs/week) c n (%) Median (METs/week) c n (%) Median (METs/week) c
  5349 (94) 151.2 (102–151.2) 3351 (59) 14.4 (7.2–50.4) 5552 (98) 6.0 (2.4–14.4)
Age
 18–29 1962 (94) 151.2 (102–151.2) 1544 (74) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 2035 (97) 5.6 (2.4–14.4)
 30–39 1493 (93) 124.8 (100.8–151.2) 969 (60) 14.4 (4.8–43.2) 1567 (98) 6.0 (2.4–14.4)
 40–49 979 (95) 151.2 (103.2–151.2) 477 (46) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 1011 (98) 7 (2.4–14.4)
 50–59 672 (96) 151.2 (103.2–151.2) 266 (38) 14.4 (7.2–38.4) 690 (98) 7.2 (2.4–14.4)
 60+ 243 (96) 151.2 (104.151.2) 95 (37) 14.4 (7.2–33.6) 249 (98) 6 (2.4–14.4)
P-value a   0.0422   <0.001   0.6642
Sex
 Male 1962 (95) 151.2 (108–151.2) 1739 (84) 28.8 (14.4–50.4) 2046 (99) 9.6 (3.6–28.8)
 Female 3387 (94) 115.2 (100.8–151.2) 1612 (44) 7.2 (4.8–19.2) 3506 (97) 4.8 (2.4–14.4)
P value b   <0.001   <0.001   <0.001
Education level
 No educ 1638 (97) 134.4 (103.2–151.2) 770 (45) 14.4 (4.8–50.4) 1631 (96) 7.2 (2.4–14.4)
 Primary 3272 (94) 151.2 (103.2–151.2) 2221 (64) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 3413 (98) 6 (2.4–14.4)
 Secondary &above 439 (89) 120 (100.8–151.2) 360 (70) 14.4 (7.2–42) 508 (98) 4.8 (2.4–12)
P value a   0.0017   0.0056   <0.001
Occupation
 Professional 118 (73) 108 (50.4–151.2) 89 (54) 14.4 (4.8–24) 157 (96) 6 (3.2–14.4)
 Farming 4137 (98) 151.2 (103.2–151.2) 2545 (60) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 4101 (97) 7.2 (2.4–14.4)
 Business 609 (77) 108 (50.4–151.2) 363 (46) 9.6 (4.8–33.6) 770 (98) 4.8 (2.4–14.4)
 Skilled work 168 (85) 116.4 (50.4–151.2) 136 (69) 15.6 (7.2–40.8) 192 (97) 4.8 (2.4–14.4)
 Unskilled work 266 (93) 120 (104.4–151.2) 190 (67) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 281 (99) 7.2 (3.6–16.8)
P value a   <0.001   <0.001   <0.001
Residence
 Urban 1781 (89) 151.2 (100.8–151.2) 997 (50) 14.4 (7.2–31.2) 1964 (98) 4.8 (2.4–14.4)
 Rural 3564 (97) 151.2 (103.2–151.2) 2352 (64) 16.8 (7.2–50.4) 3585 (97) 7.2 (2.4–19.2)
P value b   0.0235   <0.001   <0.001
Marital status
 Single/never married 775 (94) 151.2 (100.8–151.2) 632 (77) 28.8 (12–52.8) 814 (99) 7.2 (2.4–19.2)
 Married 4573 (94) 134.4 (102–151.2) 2718 (61) 14.4 (4.8–43.2) 3893 (97) 6 (2.4–14.4)
P value b   <0.001   <0.001   <0.001
  1. a (Kruskal-Wallis test P-value)
  2. b Mann–Whitney U-test P-value
  3. c METS have been divided by 100