Young men engage in more leisure physical activity and active transport than young women

Montréal, June 20, 2017. – The Institut de la statistique du Québec published today its most recent edition of Zoom santé on the theme of regular physical activities engaged in by young Quebecers 15 to 29 years of age.

Data show that 63% of young people regularly engage in leisure physical activity and active transport in Québec. Overall, more young men do so on a regular basis than young women (67% vs. 60%).

Leisure physical activity is more prevalent than active transport among youth (54% vs. 23%).

Youth with a high level of psychological distress and those dissatisfied with their social life are less likely to engage in leisure-time physical activity on a regular basis. The same was observed for young people who are obese or who have insufficient weight.

Young people living in urban areas are more likely to engage in regular active transport compared to their peers living in rural areas.

These results are based on data from the Québec Population Health Survey, 2014-2015 (QPHS), conducted on a sample of 45,760 people in 17 administrative regions of the province by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, upon the request of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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