Table 3

Risk of being healthy after 11 years according to whether men were physically active at the baseline and the follow-up assessments

Not healthy
n (%)
n (%)
Adjusted risk ratio*95% CI
Inactive at baseline and follow-up1390 (59.5)421 (44.8)1Reference
Inactive at baseline, active at follow-up465 (19.9)259 (27.6)1.351.17 to 1.54
Active at baseline, inactive at follow-up305 (13.0)119 (12.7)1.070.90 to 1.30
Active at baseline and follow-up177 (7.6)140 (14.9)1.591.36 to 1.86
  • We considered physically active men who reported 150 min or more of vigorous exertion during a typical week.

  • Note: ‘Healthy’ indicates that participants showed no evidence of clinically significant depressive symptoms or cognitive impairment at the follow-up assessment, nor did they show evidence of impairment in basic or instrumental activities of daily living. These analyses excluded participants who were not available for follow-up.

  • *The analyses were adjusted for age, education, marital status, smoking, alcohol use, body mass, hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular disease at the time of entry into the study, as well as for marital status, smoking, alcohol use and body mass at the follow-up assessment.