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Table 2 Comparison of mean (±SD) MET-hours per week reported by individuals age 25 or older between master swimmers (with and without swimming) and European reference values [41]

From: Evaluation of Global Health in Master Swimmers Involved in French National Championships

Age (years) Physical activity excluding swimming activity (MET-h.week−1) Physical activity including swimming activity (MET-h.week−1) European reference values (MET-h.week−1)
25–34 83 ± 154.4* (127.1 %) 111.5 ± 159.2* (205.1 %) 36.5
35–44 48.5 ± 93.7 (32.3 %) 79.7 ± 96.5* (117.4 %) 36.6
45–54 64.5 ± 110.7* (87.2 %) 96.5 ± 113.4* (180.1 %) 34.5
55–64 41.1 ± 62.8 (28.1 %) 75.1 ± 67.3* (134.3 %) 32.1
>65 24 ± 33.7 (−4 %) 48.8 ± 42.2* (94.9 %) 25.1
  1. % represents the ratio between master values and the European reference values. MET corresponds to Metabolic Equivalent Tasks (MET-h.week−1)
  2. *Significant differences with European normative data at p < 0.05