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J Phys Act Health. 2008 Mar;5(2):242-51.

Association of age and education with different types of leisure-time physical activity among 4437 Finnish adults.

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  • 1National Public Health Institute, Dept of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Helsinki, Finland.



The aim of this study was to investigate the associations of age and education with types of leisure-time physical activity in a population sample of Finnish adults.


The sample, part of the National FINRISK Study, comprised 1940 men and 2497 women age 25 to 64 years. Self-reported questionnaires were used to collect data on education and leisure-time physical activity. Overall leisure-time physical activity was further divided into conditioning and daily physical activity.


In men and women, age had an inverse association with conditioning physical activity but not with daily and overall leisure activity. Strong direct associations were found between education and conditioning and overall leisure activity.


All age groups report fairly similar levels of overall and daily levels of leisure-time physical activity, but the levels differ across educational groups. In health promotion, more emphasis should be targeted to the population groups with lower education.

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