alexa Perceived Benefits And Barriers To Exercise Among Jordanian University Students
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Khaldoun Hamdan
Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Primary Health Care
DOI: 10.4172/2167-1079-C1-006
Abstract
Introduction & Aim: Insufficient physical activity is a risk factor for many non communicable diseases. Perceived benefits and barriers to exercise are important factors that affect individuals’ engagement in physical activity. The purpose of this study was to examine Jordanian University students perceived benefits and barriers to exercise. Material & Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study used Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale to examine perceived benefits and barriers of exercise in a convenience sample (N=525) of university students in Jordan. Results: The mean age of the students was 20.7±2.4 years and 71.8% of the students were female. Participants reported significantly higher perceived barriers to exercise than perceived benefits from exercise (t (523) = 27.9, p<0.001). “I am too embarrassed to do exercise” was the most important perceived barrier to exercise. “I will live longer if I exercise and exercising increases my acceptance by others” were the most important perceived benefits from exercise. Conclusion: Physical activity and promotion programmes designed for university students should assist them to overcome any perceived barriers, and to further highlight the multiple health and other benefits of regular exercising.
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