How income affects physical activity level – Economic Times

New York, Aug 13 (IANS) Higher income individuals are more likely to be “weekend warriors”, getting most of their activity on only a few days a week and also spend more time in sedentary pursuits, says a study.

For the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, the researchers used accelerometer data to analyse physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to income levels among 5,206 US adults enrolled in The National Health and Examination Survey from 2003-06, a nationally representative survey.

The study found that compared to those making less than $20,000 per year, those with an annual income of $75,000 or more engaged in 4.6 more daily minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity as measured by activity monitors.

High income individuals also engaged in 9.3 fewer minutes of light intensity activity and spent 11.8 more minutes daily…

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