Table 1Defecation patterns at baseline and after 12 week physical activity programme for 41 adult participants aged 51–61 years old (De Schryver et al, 2005)

Group A (12 weeks inactive, 12 weeks PA)Group B (12 weeks PA)
Week 0Week 12Week 24Week 0Week 12
No. of defecations/wk7.1 ±0.87.5 ±1.17.8 ±1.17.5 ±1.17.8 ±1.0
% Hard stools53.8 ±8.551.9 ±9.535.1 ±9.259.5 ±8.739.5 ±6.8*
% Straining at defecation65.7 ±7.769.2 ±7.954.3 ±9.871.2 ±4.640.4 ±6.4*
% Incomplete stools51.3 ±7.958.8 ±8.539.5 ±8.954.3 ±7.227.4 ±6.0*
No. of Rome criteria2.3 ±0.12.6 ±0.21.7 ±0.3*2.7 ±0.11.7 ±0.2*
% Patients with ≥2 Rome criteria1008961*10064*

PA = physical activity.

Data are given as means ± SEM.

*

p < 0.05

From: 7, Diet and lifestyle

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