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Table 4 Physical activities/sports reported by successful losers and unsuccessful weight losers – Styles Survey, 2004

From: Dietary and physical activity behaviors among adults successful at weight loss maintenance

   Successful Unsuccessful  
   (n = 543) (n = 1,415) χ2
Activity: n % (se)a % (se)a p-value
Walking 1,152 61.51 (2.65) 56.41 (1.57) 0.100
Lifting weights 229 19.01 (2.31) 10.86 (1.11) 0.002*
Biking 219 15.95 (2.35) 10.51 (0.95) 0.035
Hunting/fishing 231 15.05 (2.17) 11.54 (1.10) 0.152
Exercise class 209 13.77 (2.07) 9.35 (0.82) 0.049
Camping (overnight) 262 13.17 (1.71) 14.09 (1.26) 0.665
Swimming 240 11.93 (1.77) 12.83 (1.07) 0.664
Jogging/running 136 9.86 (1.57) 6.71 (0.79) 0.073
Hiking 143 8.07 (1.45) 8.00 (0.99) 0.968
Basketball 81 7.68 (1.91) 3.81 (0.62) 0.057
Golf 122 7.52 (1.24) 6.83 (0.83) 0.647
Bowling 126 7.34 (1.73) 7.09 (0.81) 0.895
Not specified 95 15.0 (1.79) 22.7 (1.31) 0.001
Yoga/meditation 83 5.52 (1.13) 4.07 (0.66) 0.268
Baseball/softball 79 5.43 (1.20) 3.97 (0.62) 0.278
Tennis 42 3.61 (1.04) 2.17 (0.51) 0.214
Volleyball 51 2.83 (1.01) 3.23 (0.65) 0.742
Skiing/snowboarding 38 2.21 (0.61) 2.16 (0.52) 0.951
Karate/martial artsb 18 1.65 (0.59) 0.42 (0.15) 0.045
  1. *Significant difference between successful and unsuccessful significant (p < 0.01).
  2. a Standard error.
  3. b Estimates are unstable by National Center for Health Statistics standards (se [standard error]/estimate>0.3).