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Table 2 Characteristics of study participants

From: Use it or lose it: a qualitative study of the maintenance of physical activity in older adults

 Exercise group
FaME
n = 15
OTAGO
n = 15
Participant Characteristics
 Female sex, n (%)10 (66.7)12 (80.0)
 Mean age, years [SD] Age range, years76.47 [5.6] 72–8878.47 [5.7] 70–95
 Household, n (%)
  Lives alone5 (33.3)6 (40.0)
  Lives with other family members0 (0.0)2 (13.3)
  Married or living as married10 (66.7)7 (46.7)
 Employment, n (%)
  In part time employment1 (6.7)0 (0.0)
  Homemaker0 (0.0)1 (6.7)
  Retired14 (93.3)14 (93.3)
 Minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per weeka Mean [SD]173 [130.5]177 [148.8]
Range0–3750–540
 At least 150 min moderate to vigorous physical activity per week, n (%)7 (46.7)9 (60.0)
 Current level of activity, n (%)
  I do not do any planned physical activity during the week and would find it difficult to start0 (0.0)3 (20.0)
  I used to exercise regularly each week but have lapsed2 (13.3)0 (0.0)
  I exercise once in a while but not weekly0 (0.0)4 (26.7)
  I exercise regularly each week13 (86.7)8 (53.3)
 Falls riskb Median [IQR]1.00 [0–1]1.00 [0–1]
 Had a fall in the last 12 months0 (0)4 (26.7)
 Taking 4 or more medications7 (46.7)7 (46.7)
 History of Parkinson’s disease or stroke0 (0)1 (6.7)
 Balance problems4 (26.7)1 (6.7)
 Unable to rise from chair of knee height0 (0)1 (6.7)
 Concern about fallingc Mean [SD]1 [1.5]1.2 [1.3]
 General health:d
  Excellent4 (26.7)3 (20)
  Very good2 (13.3)1 (6.7)
  Good5 (33.3)7 (46.7)
  Fair4 (26.7)4 (26.7)
  Poor0 (0)0
  1. SD standard deviation, IQR interquartile range
  2. aCommunity Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS) [43]
  3. bFalls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT; range 0–5) [44]
  4. cFalls Efficacy Scale - International [39]
  5. d12-Item Short Form Health Survey question: In general would you say your health is… [40]