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Table 1 Sociodemographic characteristics, health-related characteristics and physical activity level of the respondents stratified by gender (n = 1845)

From: Gender differences in physical activity motivators and context preferences: a population-based study in people in their sixties

  Female (n = 1089) Male (n = 756) P-value
Sociodemographic characteristics      
 Age (Mean [SD]) 63.3 2.17 63.0 2.25 <.05
  n (%)a n (%)a  
Highest Educational Qualification      .001
 School only (up to 12 years) 582 (54) 272 (36)  
 Certificate/Diploma 247 (23) 265 (35)  
 University degree 252 (23) 219 (29)  
Employment Status      .001
 Full time paid 196 (20) 308 (44)  
 Part time/Casual paid 212 (22) 116 (16)  
 Not in paid work 164 (17) 36 (5)  
 Retired 403 (41) 246 (35)  
Gross Annual Household Income (AUD)      .001
 <41,600 419 (49) 223 (32)  
 41,600–72,799 237 (28) 217 (31)  
 72,800–129,999 135 (16) 163 (24)  
 ≥130,000 69 (8) 88 (13)  
Living arrangements      .01
 Living alone 287 (30) 176 (25)  
 Living with partner 572 (59) 397 (57)  
 Living with partner and children 109 (11) 121 (17)  
Health related characteristics and physical activity n (%)a N (%)a  
Self-rated health      .53
 Excellent/Very good 490 (45) 311 (42)  
 Good 468 (43) 328 (45)  
Fair/Poor 131 (12) 94 (13)  
Body Mass Index (kg/m2)      <.001
 <25 453 (42) 234 (31)  
 ≥25–29.9 399 (37) 363 (48)  
 ≥30 217 (20) 159 (21)  
Psychological Distress      .87
 No distress 989 (93) 695 (93)  
 Distress 69 (7) 50 (7)  
Physical activity level      .21
 None 134 (13) 104 (14)  
 Some 231 (22) 137 (19)  
 Meeting guidelinesb 672 (65) 481 (67)  
  1. AUD Australian dollar, n number, SD standard deviation; aColumn percentages may not add up to 100 because of rounding; bEquivalent of at least 150 min/week of moderate intensity physical activity. Boldface indicates statistical significance (p < .05)