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Table 2 Leisure-time physical activity practice from age 7 to 55 among adults aged 55 years. United Kingdom, 2008

From: Multimorbidity and leisure-time physical activity over the life course: a population-based birth cohort study

  Total, n (%) Sex, n (%) p value
Male Female
Childhood (7 yr) N = 8010 (87.7)    0.247
 Inactive 321 (4.0) 148 (3.8) 173 (4.2)  
 Normally active 6613 (82.6) 3187 (82.2) 3426 (82.9)  
 Over active 1076 (13.4) 544 (14.0) 532 (12.9)  
Childhood (11 yr) N = 7715 (84.4)    < 0.001
 Hardly ever 866 (11.2) 332 (8.9) 534 (13.4)  
 Sometimes 3332 (43.2) 1381 (37.0) 1951 (49.0)  
 Most days 3517 (45.6) 2017 (54.1) 1500 (37.6)  
Adolescence (16 yr)     < 0.001
 Inactive 8354 (57.0) 3948 (52.3) 4406 (62.0)  
 Active 6296 (43.0) 3596 (47.7) 2700 (38.0)  
Adult
Young (23 yr) N = 7807 (85.4)    < 0.001
  No sport last 4 weeks 3919 (50.2) 1439 (38.4) 2480 (61.1)  
  Once last 4 weeks 529 (6.8) 272 (7.3) 257 (6.3)  
  2–3 times last 4 weeks 764 (9.8) 410 (10.9) 354 (8.7)  
  1–2 times a week 1495 (19.1) 833 (22.2) 662 (16.3)  
  3–4 times per week 607 (7.8) 442 (11.8) 165 (4.1)  
  5 or more times per week 493 (6.3) 352 (9.4) 141 (3.5)  
Young (33 yr) N = 7918 (86.7)    < 0.001
  No exercise 1648 (20.8) 764 (20.3) 884 (21.3)  
  Less often 227 (2.9) 122 (3.2) 105 (2.5)  
  2–3 times a month 508 (6.4) 261 (6.9) 247 (6.0)  
  once a week 1808 (22.8) 824 (21.8) 984 (23.7)  
  2–3 days a week 1752 (22.1) 915 (24.3) 837 (20.2)  
  4–5 days a week 519 (6.6) 298 (7.9) 221 (5.4)  
  Every day 1456 (18.4) 589 (15.6) 867 (20.9)  
Middle (42 yr) N = 8433 (92.3)    < 0.001
  No exercise 2058 (24.4) 914 (22.6) 1144 (26.1)  
  Less often 210 (2.5) 102 (2.5) 108 (2.5)  
  2–3 times a month 536 (6.4) 304 (7.5) 232 (5.3)  
  Once a week 1587 (18.8) 832 (20.6) 755 (17.2)  
  2–3 days a week 1847 (21.9) 904 (22.3) 943 (21.5)  
  4–5 days a week 805 (9.5) 407 (10.1) 398 (9.0)  
  Every day 1390 (16.5) 581 (14.4) 809 (18.4)  
Older (50 yr) N = 8362 (91.5)    < 0.001
  None 1849 (22.1) 858 (21.1) 991 (23.1)  
  3 times per month or less 633 (7.5) 328 (8.1) 305 (7.1)  
  Once a week 1269 (15.2) 678 (16.7) 591 (13.7)  
  2–3 days a week 1899 (22.7) 981 (24.2) 918 (21.3)  
  4–5 days a week 900 (10.8) 430 (10.6) 470 (10.9)  
  Every day 1812 (21.7) 786 (19.3) 1026 (23.9)  
Older (55 yr) N = 9011 (98.6)    0.087
  Never 943 (10.5) 452 (10.4) 491 (10.6)  
  Less than once per month 1111 (12.3) 570 (13.1) 541 (11.6)  
  At least once per month 1227 (13.6) 565 (12.9) 662 (14.2)  
  At least once per week 5730 (63.6) 2776 (63.6) 2954 (63.6)  
  1. Numbers in bold indicates statistical significance (p < 0.05)