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Physical Activity and Health Behaviours in an Ageing Scottish Population

  • Physical activity frequency declines with age across all intensities
  • Physical activity frequency is higher in the less deprived SIMD quartiles (Q2, Q3 and Q4) than in Q1 (most deprived)
  • Physical activity frequency is highest in Q3, and different from all other SIMD quartiles when examining moderate and vigorous activities • Physical activity frequency for light activity (walking >10mins) is highest in the least deprived SIMD quartile
  • Physical activity frequency is higher at all intensities in males than females
  • Age effects are not strongly evident in reported sitting time, but the most sitting time occurred in the 85-89 age band
  • Sitting time is highest in the most deprived SIMD quartile (Q1) and lowest in Q3
  • Females report sitting less than males
  • Perceptions of activity guidelines for a healthy lifestyle are much higher than the current minimum recommendations
  • The reported number of days on which vigorous activity was performed did not associate with other health behaviours such as smoking, or fruit and vegetable consumption, but showed a moderate positive association with alcohol consumption in the last 7 days
  • Odds ratios reveal that active respondents have significantly higher odds of several other positive health behaviours such as cancer screening, and report fewer self-reported health problems than inactive respondents
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