Table 1

Mean (SD) participant characteristics for high and low HH and LH groups, within younger and older groups

HHP valueLHP value
LowHighLowHigh
Younger
 n100149137112
 Sex, female, n (%)48 (48)94 (63)62 (45)80 (71)
 Age (years)43 (15)44 (13)0.51642 (14)46 (13) 0.015
 Education (years)12 (4)12 (4)0.49313 (4)11 (4) <0.001
 Height (m)1.64 (0.09)1.62 (0.08)0.1151.65 (0.08)1.60 (0.08) <0.001
 Weight (kg)68.0 (15.2)67.7 (17.3)0.87569.0 (17.2)66.4 (15.5)0.219
 Body mass index25.2 (4.8)25.6 (5.6)0.55725.1 (5.4)25.8 (5.2)0.324
 PA (GPAQ)
 Recreational (MET min/week)576 (784)774 (1302)0.137637 (933)764 (1324)0.393
 Transport (MET min/week)2065 (3010)2003 (2228)0.8611577 (1955)2579 (3075) 0.003
 Occupational (MET min/week)1686 (3619)2408 (5658)0.2202052 (4252)2199 (5699)0.821
 Total (MET min/week)4327 (5151)5185 (6903)0.2634266 (4971)5543 (7511)0.125
 Housework activity (LAPAQ)
 Heavy (min/week)0 (2)192 (292) <0.001 47 (81)198 (335) <0.001
 Light (min/week)198 (363)584 (593) <0.001 95 (87)838 (592) <0.001
 Total (MET min/week)496 (908)2228 (2079) <0.001 425 (458)2887 (2120) <0.001
Older
 n132108103137
 Sex, female, n (%)63 (48)74 (69)39 (38)98 (72)
 Age (years)77 (6)73 (6) <0.001 77 (7)74 (6) 0.004
 Education (years)6 (4)7 (5)0.1687 (5)7 (5)0.764
 Height (m)1.57 (0.09)1.57 (0.08)0.9871.58 (0.08)1.56 (0.08)0.064
 Weight (kg)60.1 (10.3)58.5 (9.6)0.19260.4 (9.8)58.6 (10.1)0.161
 Body mass index24.5 (3.7)23.8 (3.3)0.10224.2 (3.5)24.1 (3.5)0.778
 PA (GPAQ)
 Recreational (MET min/week)828 (1053)890 (1047)0.650867 (1181)847 (941)0.884
 Transport (MET min/week)1561 (1565)1836 (2050)0.2531554 (1964)1783 (1667)0.340
 Occupational (MET min/week)676 (2269)401 (1397)0.251547 (2113)557 (1783)0.968
 Total (MET min/week)3065 (2731)3127 (2531)0.8562968 (2968)3187 (2366)0.537
 Housework activity (LAPAQ)
 Heavy (min/week)0 (0)131 (140) <0.001 31 (72)80 (134) <0.001
 Light (min/week)446 (508)684 (568) <0.001 89 (93)902 (485) <0.001
 Total (MET min/week)1116 (1270)2236 (1584) <0.001 347 (377)2576 (1349) <0.001
  • Significant p values are indicated by bold typeface.

  • GPAQ, Global Physical Activity Questionnaire; HH, heavy housework; LAPAQ, Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam Physical Activity Questionnaire; LH, light housework; MET, metabolic equivalent of task; PA, physical activity.