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The study aimed to ascertain the levels of older European people’s physical activity according to sociodemographic variables. The sample size was 7,893 citizens aged 65 and over from the European Union. The participants were classified as physically inactive, adequately active, or highly active, according to the World Health Organization. The total metabolic equivalents of task minutes per week were also calculated. In the results, 55.5% of older people were adequately active, and 43.8% were highly active, especially in the North and West. The average metabolic equivalents of task minutes per week was 1,313 metabolic equivalents of task minutes, with walking as the main activity, followed by moderate physical activity and vigorous activity. Male older people of a lower age from the North and West, with a higher level of education and less difficulty in paying bills, were more likely to be physically active. As a conclusion, only slightly more than half the population were adequately active. These sociodemographic inequalities show the necessity of implementing specific measures.

Clemente Remón, Jiménez Beatty, and Santacruz Lozano are with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain. Jiménez Díaz-Benito is with the Faculty of Education and Health, University of Camilo José Cela, Madrid, Spain.

Clemente Remón (angel.clemente@uah.es) is corresponding author.
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