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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the study participants and intervention characteristics

From: The effect of brisk walking on postural stability, bone mineral density, body weight and composition in women over 50 years with a sedentary occupation: a randomized controlled trial

  Intervention group N = 58 Control group N = 46
Age, years 55.9 ± 3.9 57.9 ± 5.7
Height, cm 163.5 ± 5.5 163.4 ± 5.0
Weight, kg 69.9 ± 13.0 74.3 ± 15.4
BMI, kg/m 2 26.2 ± 4.7 27.8 ± 5.5
Obesitya, N (% of study sample)
 Normal 26 (45 %) 14 (30 %)
 Overweight 22 (38 %) 19 (41 %)
 Obesity 10 (17 %) 13 (29 %)
Osteoporosisb, N (% of study sample)
 Normal BMD 25 (43 %) 16 (35 %)
 Osteopenia 24 (41 %) 20 (43 %)
 Osteoporosis 9 (16 %) 10 (22 %)
Baseline PA, steps/day 8703 ± 2847 9018 ± 3593
Meeting PA recommendation, N (% of study sample)
  < 5000 steps/day 5 (9 %) 6 (13 %)
 5000–10,000 steps/day 36 (62 %) 26 (57 %)
  > 10,000 steps/day 17 (29 %) 14 (30 %)
Length of intervention, weeks 9.8 ± 1.2  
PA during intervention period, steps/day 11,509 ± 2590 9547 ± 2976
Brisk walking intervention, steps 4244 ± 764  
Brisk walking/total daily steps ratio 0.39 ± 0.11  
  1. All values are the means ± SDs
  2. BMI body mass index, BMD bone mineral density, PA physical activity
  3. aassessed according to baseline BMI
  4. bassessed according to baseline T-score of the dominant forearm