Physical Activity: Benefits and Barriers Perceived by University Students*Corresponding Author: Valencia Rico Claudia Liliana, Universidad Católica de Manizales, Caldas, Colombia, Email: [email protected]
Received Date: Mar 12, 2020 / Accepted Date: Apr 06, 2020 / Published Date: Apr 13, 2020
Citation: Valencia-Rico CL, Franco-Idárraga SM, Vidarte-Claros JA, Vasquez-Gómez AC, Castiblanco Arroyave HD. (2020) Physical Activity: Benefits and Barriers Perceived by University Students. J Comm Pub Health Nursing 6: 239.
Copyright: © 2020 Liliana VRC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: To describe the benefits and barriers perceived by university students to perform physical activity. Method: Qualitative study composed by a sample of 2,576 university students (1,317 men and 1,259 women). The Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale (EBBS). of Nola Pender was used to collect the data. Results: Global results show higher scores above the theoretical mean established in the EBBS, which locates students on a higher perception of the benefits compared to the barriers; however, statistically meaningful differences among the benefits perceived according to the gender (p=0,000), the type of university (p=0,000), the area of expertise (p=0,000) and the year of study (p=0,000) are observed. Regarding the perceived barriers, there is evidence of the statistical differences of this variable with marital status (p=0,040), type of university (p=0,012) and the area of expertise (p=0,040). Conclusion: Students give higher importance to their perception of physical and psychological well-being benefits that may lead them to do physical activity. Relevance to social benefits is not given. In addition, the perception of barriers is related to demotivation and lack of self-management to schedule this activity.