A study from the universities of Kansas and Denver has shown that people's education level influences their level of physical activity both during the week and on weekends.

The study found that on an average those with a college degree were more active on Saturdays and Sundays than on a typical weekday, while for people without a high school degree, the opposite was true.

"The educational level predicts physical activity differently on weekends and weekdays," said lead author Jarron M Saint Onge from the Kansas University.

The researchers examined accelerometer data, which measured how many steps US adults took per day and the intensity of those steps.

They found that those who took more steps during the week were less active on weekends.

The data was clearly divided on the basis of college education and did not surprise the researchers.

The team recently presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

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