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Table 2 Self-reported health levels by 10-year age groups and various measures of physical activity levels over three surveys. The Tromsø Study 1994–2008

From: A prospective study on the effect of self-reported health and leisure time physical activity on mortality among an ageing population: results from the Tromsø study

Hard physical activity Sedentary Some high intensity Moderate high intensity Vigorous high intensity   
  Age group n SRH n SRH n SRH n SRH N p-value
Tromsø 4 25–29 734 79.6% 615 87.1% 677 92.5% 444 92.3% 2470 < 0.001
30–39 2052 79.5% 1526 84.2% 1546 88.6% 712 89.9% 5836
40–49 2941 69.0% 1513 78.8% 1462 83.7% 689 85.2% 6605
50–59 2433 54.6% 817 69.6% 737 75.5% 390 74.9% 4377
60–69 2144 43.3% 373 60.3% 345 64.2% 192 62.5% 3054
70–79 1733 38.5% 145 59.3% 140 60.0% 93 65.6% 2111
≥80 559 32.9% 27 57.7% 14 28.6% 3 100.0% 603
Tromsø 5 30–39 112 81.1% 176 86.9% 161 88.2% 82 86.6% 531 < 0.001
40–49 305 73.3% 381 82.1% 381 85.5% 179 85.4% 1246
50–59 317 51.8% 275 67.5% 214 68.7% 93 73.9% 899
60–69 737 52.4% 579 66.1% 487 67.4% 219 77.4% 2022
70–79 764 42.5% 276 57.2% 249 65.4% 106 60.2% 1395
≥80 109 40.6% 33 51.6% 22 54.5% 11 66.7% 175
Tromsø 6 30–39 90 62.2% 216 75.5% 113 91.2% 24 100.0% 443 < 0.001
40–49 540 58.1% 1414 76.1% 629 87.5% 79 97.5% 2662
50–59 454 53.6% 1470 69.2% 372 81.6% 33 93.9% 2329
60–69 678 49.8% 2392 62.5% 629 79.6% 35 91.4% 3734
70–79 354 36.0% 920 57.5% 194 73.4% 4 100.0% 1472
≥80 159 30.3% 204 51.7% 34 50.0% 0   397
Light physical activity None < 1 h/week 1-2 h/week ≥3 h/week   
  Age group n SRH n SRH n SRH n SRH N p-value
Tromsø 4 25–29 218 79.6% 371 82.5% 826 86.7% 1057 91.0% 2472 < 0.001
30–39 492 79.7% 946 82.0% 2086 84.2% 2306 86.4% 5830
40–49 646 69.8% 1195 72.9% 2488 76.3% 2284 79.3% 6613
50–59 551 50.4% 656 59.2% 1520 63.7% 1670 66.9% 4397
60–69 439 32.6% 348 41.1% 920 49.6% 1382 55.6% 3089
70–79 501 23.4% 272 26.6% 520 44.4% 842 58.0% 2135
≥80 242 21.9% 91 35.2% 123 36.6% 149 51.4% 605
Tromsø 5 30–39 22 86.4% 60 83.1% 172 87.2% 282 86.9% 536 < 0.001
40–49 53 73.6% 179 77.0% 461 79.9% 573 82.2% 1266
50–59 63 59.0% 119 49.6% 368 62.2% 464 67.2% 1014
60–69 175 39.4% 250 53.7% 792 58.0% 1228 65.8% 2445
70–79 228 33.5% 199 36.3% 526 51.1% 720 59.1% 1673
≥80 45 27.9% 31 22.6% 58 51.8% 74 63.4% 208
Tromsø 6 30–39 0   51 54.9% 25 68.0% 27 59.3% 103 < 0.001
40–49 7 42.9% 312 60.6% 191 68.1% 295 71.5% 805
50–59 7 42.9% 304 53.2% 224 68.5% 380 62.0% 915
60–69 23 69.6% 490 52.9% 417 58.7% 864 58.5% 1794
70–79 15 26.7% 191 47.1% 205 51.5% 499 56.6% 910
≥80 6 16.7% 44 34.1% 49 35.4% 133 56.8% 232
  1. Note: SRH is dicotomised between poor/not so good versus good/very good. Percent in the table displays those who are at good or very good Health. A chi-square test indicates that there was a significant difference in the different SRH levels and exercise level in all surveys
  2. Tromsø 4 hard PA: LR chi2(9) = 3503.33
  3. Tromsø 5 hard PA: LR chi2(8) = 582.58
  4. Tromsø 6 hard PA: LR chi2(8) = 856.39
  5. Tromsø 4 light physical activity: LR chi2(9) = 3261.85
  6. Tromsø 4 light physical activity: LR chi2(8) = 593.20
  7. Tromsø 4 light physical activity: LR chi2(8) = 77.69