Sex differences in habitual physical activity of the elderly

Nov 1, 2013

Many elderly men and women show undesirably low levels of habitual physical activity, and in general women engage in about 10% less active leisure than their male peers. In particular, women report less involvement in sport and moderate to vigorous activity than the men. Nevertheless, better health is associated with higher levels of physical activity in both sexes. Although the best health outcomes are likely with moderate to vigorous physical excercise, if women are unwilling or unable to engage in such activity, there may be merit in encouraging them to make a progressive increase in the lighter activities in which they are currently engaged.

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