Patterns of leisure-time physical activity participation in a British birth cohort at early old age

Kathryn R Martin, Rachel Cooper, Tamara B Harris, Soren Brage, Rebecca Hardy, Diana Kuh, NSHD Scientific and Data Collection Team

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Using data from a nationally representative British birth cohort we characterized the type and diversity of leisure-time physical activity that 2,188 participants (age 60-64 years) engaged in throughout the year by gender and obesity. Participants most commonly reported walking (71%), swimming (33%), floor exercises (24%) and cycling (15%). Sixty-two percent of participants reported ≥ 2 activities in the past year and 40% reported diversity on a regular basis. Regular engagement in different types of activity (cardio-respiratory, balance/flexibility and strength) was reported by 67%, 19% and 11% of participants, respectively. We found gender differences, as well as differences by obesity status, in the activities reported, the levels of activity diversity and activity type. Non-obese participants had greater activity diversity, and more often reported activities beneficial for cardio-respiratory health and balance/flexibility than obese participants. These findings may be used to inform the development of trials of physical activity interventions targeting older adults, and those older adults with high body mass index.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere98901
JournalPloS ONE
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2014


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