Walking or Dancing: Patterns of Physical Activity by Cross-Sectional Age Among U.S. Women.

Author: Fan JX, Kowaleski-Jones L, Wen M.
1University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Aging Health.
Date published: 2013 Jul 17
Other: Word Count: 159

To identify age differences in physical activity (PA) participation for women.
Data from 3,952 women 25+ from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) were used to analyze participation patterns for 17 PA types.
The top five leisure PAs by participation rate for all ages were walking (42%), dancing (20%), treadmill (15%), biking (11%), and yoga (10%). Participation in running, dancing, treadmill, and team sports declined around ages 35 to 44, and participation in household PA, walking, weightlifting, and hiking declined around ages 55 to 64. At age 75+ further substantial decline in most activities occurred. Nativity status was the most important moderator for age-related PA decline.
Total PA declines with age but significant decline does not occur until ages 55 to 64. Major decline in leisure PA participation starts earlier at ages 35 to 44. While age-related declining patterns differ for different activities, the top five most popular leisure activities are similar for all age groups.
age, household PA, leisure PA, physical activity types, transportation PA, women

PMID: 23867628