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QuickStats: Percentage of Older Adults Who Engaged in Regular Leisure-Time Physical Activity,* by Age Group and Sex --- United States, 2000--2003

* Defined as vigorous activity at least three times a week for >20 minutes or light-to-moderate activity at least five times a week for >30 minutes.

Derived from the 2000--2003 National Health Interview Surveys. Estimates are based on household interviews of 39,990 civilian, noninstitutionalized adults aged >55 years.

During 2000--2003, men aged >55 years were more likely than women in the same age group to engage in regular leisure-time physical activity. For both men and women, prevalence of regular activity was nearly the same for adults aged 55--64 and 65--74 years, declined among those aged 75--84 years, and declined further among those aged >85 years. Among adults aged >85 years, approximately one in 10 men and one in 20 women engaged in regular leisure-time physical activity.

SOURCE: Schoenborn CA, Vickerie JL, Powell-Griner E. Health characteristics of adults 55 years and over: United States, 2000--2003. Advance data from vital and health statistics. No. 370. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2006. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad370.pd .

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Date last reviewed: 7/19/2006

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