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

Cooper, Rachel and Martin, KR and Cooper, R and Harris, TB and Brage, S and Hardy, R and Kuh, D and Scientific, NSHD and Team, Data Collection (2014) Patterns of leisure-time physical activity participation in a British birth cohort at early old age. PLoS ONE, 9 (6). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

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.

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