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Daily steps among Finnish adults: Variation by age, sex, and socioeconomic position


Hirvensalo, M and Telama, R and Schmidt, MD and Tammelin, TH and Yang, X and Magnussen, CG and Viikari, JSA and Raitakari, OT, Daily steps among Finnish adults: Variation by age, sex, and socioeconomic position, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 39, (7) pp. 669-677. ISSN 1403-4948 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1403494811420324


Aims: The aim of this study was to provide descriptive population-based pedometer data from adults aged 30-45 years in Finland, and to compare daily step counts with evidence-based indices. Methods: The data was collected from 1853 participants in 7 consecutive days in winter 2007-08 in part of 27-year follow up of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study. Results: The participants took (mean+-standard deviation) 7499+-2908 steps/day. Step counts included 1925+-2052 aerobic steps/day gathered in bouts of at least 10 min continuous ambulatory activity.Women had more total steps than men ((7824+-2925 vs. 7089+-2774; p<0.001). Although participants had higher mean total steps on weekdays than on weekend days, they took more aerobic steps on weekend days than weekdays (p<0.001). High-level non-manual work, and unemployment were associated with having fewer total steps, but high-level non-manual workers had more aerobic steps than other occupation groups. According to pedometer thresholds proposed by Tudor-Locke and Basset, 26% of men and 16% of women could be classified as inactive (<5000 steps/day) and 20% of women and 15% of men would be classified as active (410,000 steps/day). Conclusions: We conclude that about one-quarter of men and one-fifth of women are considered as inactive, based on the number of daily total steps. Our results suggest that total steps may provide a very different picture of activity from aerobic steps; important differences are evident by socioeconomic position and day of the week.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Adult; pedometer;physical activity;recommendations;steps
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Magnussen, CG (Associate Professor Costan Magnussen)
ID Code:73218
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-09-21
Last Modified:2022-08-25
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