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Table 4 Agreement with Physical Activity Messages (number and percent agreeing with the message)

From: A snapshot of the prevalence of physical activity amongst older, community dwelling people in Victoria, Australia: patterns across the 'young-old' and 'old-old'

Message Men Women All 65–69 years 70–74 years 75–79 years 80–84 years 85+ years
1 76 (85.4) 133 (78.7) 209 (81.0) 64 (90.1) 67 (82.7) 45 (77.6) 24 (77.4) 9 * (52.9)
2 74 (81.3) 143 (84.6) 217 (83.5) 66 (90.4) 72 (86.7) 43 (74.1) 27 (90.0) 9 * (56.3)
3 58 (62.4) 88 (53.7) 146 (56.8) 46 (63.9) 46 (57.5) 31 (53.4) 16 (53.3) 6 (37.5)
4 64 (69.6) 131 (77.5) 195 (74.7) 52 (70.3) 66 (79.5) 42 (73.7) 23 (76.7) 12 (75.0)
5 83 (90.3) 160 (95.3) 243 (93.5) 69 (94.5) 78 (95.1) 53 (93.0) 28 (90.3) 15 (93.8)
  1. Key:
  2. Message 1 Taking the stairs at work or generally being more active for at least 30 minutes each day is enough to improve your health
  3. Message 2 Half an hour of brisk walking on most days is enough to improve your health
  4. Message 3 To improve your health it is essential for you to do vigorous exercise for at least 20 minutes each time, three times a week
  5. Message 4 Exercise doesn't have to be done all at one time- blocks of 10 minutes are okay
  6. Message 5 Moderate exercise that increases your heart rate slightly can improve your health
  7. * p < 0.01