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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of participants by sex

From: Specific physical activities, sedentary behaviours and sleep as long-term predictors of accelerometer-measured physical activity in 91,648 adults: a prospective cohort study

  Women (n = 51,545) Men (n = 40,103)
Age, years 55.6 (7.7) 56.8 (7.9)
Body Mass Index, kg/m2 26.2 (4.8) 27.3 (4.0)
Ethnicity
 White 96.9% 97.1%
 Non-White 3.2% 2.9%
Smoking status
 Never 60.9% 52.5%
 Previous 33.2% 39.4%
 Current 5.9% 8.1%
Employment
 Unemployed 38.6% 36.3%
 Employed 61.4% 63.7%
Severe medical conditions
 Any of stroke, heart attack or cancer 9.5% 9.5%
 Grip strength, kg 24.2 (6.1) 40.3 (8.4)
 MVPA, minutes/day 82.7 (95.6) 88.6 (104.0)
 Walking for pleasure, minutes/day 15.2 (22.0) 14.5 (21.9)
 Strenuous sports, minutes/day 2.0 (8.9) 3.7 (11.7)
 Other exercises, minutes/day 9.5 (15.7) 11.0 (19.1)
 Light DIY activities, minutes/day 9.7 (21.6) 12.0 (27.1)
 Heavy DIY activities, minutes/day 3.8 (11.9) 9.7 (23.3)
 Heavy physical work at work, minutes/day 11.4 (33.0) 21.9 (53.3)
 Walking/standing at work, minutes/day 43.1 (78.7) 54.3 (90.1)
 Sedentary time at work, minutes/day 111.3 (135.8) 137.3 (157.3)
Getting about method
 Car or public transportation 43.5% 43.8%
 Mixed use 47.8% 47.0%
 Walking or cycling 8.7% 9.3%
Commuting method
 Car or public transportation 85.5% 85.3%
 Mixed use 9.4% 10.2%
 Walking or cycling 5.0% 4.6%
 TV viewing, minutes/day 145.4 (87.7) 149.7 (88.1)
 Computer use, minutes/day 65.6 (73.6) 90.0 (88.0)
 Sleep, hours/day 7.2 (1.0) 7.1 (1.0)
 ≤5.0 h/day 3.9% 3.7%
 6.0 h/day 17.5% 18.9%
 7.0 h/day 41.7% 44.0%
 8.0 h/day 30.4% 27.7%
 ≥9.0 h/day 6.5% 5.8%
Average acceleration, milli-g (at 5.7-year follow-up) 28.5 (8.0) 27.6 (8.8)
  1. Note: Values are means (standard deviations) or percentages, where appropriate. Abbreviations: DIY Do-It-Yourself, MVPA moderate-to-vigorous physical activity