Table 1

Time outdoors and physical activity levels indoors and outdoors after school in primary-school children

3.30 pm-4.30 pm

4.30 pm-5.30 pm

5.30 pm-6.30 pm

6.30 pm-7.30 pm

7.30 pm-8.30 pm

3.30 pm-8.30 pm


n wearing accelerometer (% of total)

1002 (99.2)

991 (98.1)

995 (98.5)

970 (96.1)

923 (91.4)

1010 (100)

n providing outdoor data (% of total)

916 (90.7)

734 (72.7)

627 (62.1)

511 (50.6)

362 (35.8)

1010 (100)

Minutes outdoors*

14.1 (11.4)

10.6 (12.6)

8.12 (11.2)

6.4 (10.4)

4.4 (9.2)

41.7 (46.1)

Physical activity outdoors (cpm)

1431.1 (946.7)

1401.2 (1505.7)

1324.5 (1660.3)

1204.0 (1206.7)

965.9 (1042.8)

1345.8 (907.3)

Physical activity indoors (cpm)

608.7 (431.7)

541.0 (528.9)

499.8 (480.5)

494.7 (447.2)

387.5 (384.4)

508.9 (282.9)


Bold text = significant difference in accelerometer cpm outdoors vs indoors (p < .001). All values are (mean (sd)) unless otherwise stated.

*mean value for total n wearing the accelerometer

Cooper et al. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010 7:31   doi:10.1186/1479-5868-7-31

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