The Scottish Health Survey 2008, Vol. 1: Physical Activity

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The physical activity questions collected details of people?s participation in housework, manual work/gardening/DIY, walking, sports and exercise in the last four weeks. x The proportion of the population aged 16 to 74 participating in any physical activity for at least 15 minutes in the last four weeks increased from 80998 to 83008 in men, and from 8026 to 74. However, for both men and women, rates of participation were the same in 2003 and 2008. x The proportions of men and women aged 16 to 74 meeting the physical activity recommendations (30 minutes of at least moderate exercise on most days of the week) increased significantly from 40998 to 46008 in men, and from 29998 to 35008 in women. x From 2008, activities of 10-14 minutes duration are also being counted. Including activities of at least 10 minutes duration, in 2008 the most common activity type in the past 4 weeks among men was sports and exercise (54, followed by heavy housework (47 and walking (39. For women, the most common activity type was heavy housework (63 followed by sports and exercise (45 and walking (32. x 396 and over in 2008 met the physical activity recommendations, 453s target is for 50022. Men and women in the younger age groups were more likely to meet the recommendations than their older counterparts. Men in all age groups were consistently more likely to meet the recommendations than were women. x Regression analysis was used to explore the relationship between a range of factors and the odds of meeting the physical activity recommendations. The odds of men and women being highly active decreased with age, increased with equivalised income, were lower among those who were overweight or obese, and were also associated with socio-economic classification. In addition, area deprivation was significant for men, and parental socioeconomic classification was significant for women.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherScottish Government
ISBN (Electronic)9780755981076
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2009


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