Table 6.2: Adult summary activity levels, 2018, by age and sex

Base: Aged 16 and over 2018
Summary activity levelsa Age Total
16-24b 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65-74 75+
% % % % % % % %
Men Meets recommendations 83 83 79 68 66 56 39 70
Some activity 6 7 5 8 10 10 14 8
Low activity 2 1 2 4 4 4 7 3
Very low activity 9 9 14 19 21 30 41 19
Women Meets recommendations 70 77 72 65 60 50 26 62
Some activity 9 10 13 13 11 13 14 12
Low activity 5 2 4 5 5 4 5 4
Very low activity 16 11 11 18 24 33 55 22
All adults Meets recommendations 77 80 75 67 63 53 31 66
Some activity 8 8 9 11 10 11 14 10
Low activity 3 2 3 5 4 4 6 4
Very low activity 12 10 12 18 22 31 49 21
Unweighted bases Men 158 227 279 375 371 388 262 2060
Women 202 362 407 472 490 468 325 2726
All adults 360 589 686 847 861 856 587 4786
Weighted bases Men 307 384 349 411 372 288 190 2300
Women 294 400 367 443 394 320 266 2486
All adults 601 784 716 854 767 608 456 4786

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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