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Table 7.2 Adult summary activity levels, 2017, by age and sex

Aged 16 and over 2017
Summary activity levelsa Age Total
16-24b 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
% % % % % % % %
Men
Meets MVPA guidelines 89 83 81 71 64 55 36 71
Some activity 4 6 7 12 10 12 12 9
Low activity 1 3 3 2 5 4 6 3
Very low activity 6 8 9 15 21 28 46 17
Women
Meets MVPA guidelines 67 70 74 65 57 50 22 60
Some activity 13 14 8 12 10 13 18 12
Low activity 4 5 4 5 4 5 7 5
Very low activity 15 12 15 18 29 31 54 23
All adults
Meets MVPA guidelines 78 76 77 68 60 53 28 65
Some activity 9 10 7 12 10 13 16 11
Low activity 3 4 4 4 5 5 6 4
Very low activity 11 10 12 17 25 30 50 20
Bases (weighted):
Men 239 292 270 322 281 221 144 1768
Women 237 303 284 342 294 243 201 1904
All adults 477 595 554 664 575 464 345 3673
Bases (unweighted):
Men 131 218 201 242 325 283 190 1590
Women 159 285 322 363 380 340 234 2083
All adults 290 503 523 605 705 623 424 3673

a Meets moderate/vigorous physical activity (MVPA) guidelines: at least 150 minutes of moderately intensive physical activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity per week or an equivalent combination of both. Some activity: 60-149 minutes of moderate activity or / 30-74 minutes of vigorous activity or an equivalent combination of these. Low activity: 30-59 minutes of moderate activity or 15-29 minutes of vigorous activity or an equivalent combination of these. Very low activity: Less than 30 minutes of moderate activity or less than 15 minutes of vigorous activity or an equivalent combination of these
b Physical activity guidelines for those aged 16-18 are at least one hour of moderate or vigorous activity each day. As SHeS participants of that age were given the adult questionnaire, which does not ask separately about each day, they have been included in this table assessed against the adult criteria


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