Comparative analysis of students’ physical activity levels

Liana Pļaviņa

Abstract


The length of the active working life period increases. The interest in the ways of keeping the quality of life, the high working capacities and potentiality of individual creative abilities is high. Many of the habits of the healthy lifestyle and behaviours are developed during the late adolescence and early adulthood. The decline of the individuals’ physical activity in that period has an input in the future life quality. The physical working capacities are based on the physical health, the physical development level, physical activity and the healthy lifestyle. The target of the paper is to evaluate the principle anthropometric characteristics and provide the analysis of the students’ physical activity levels. Regular physical activity is protective against numerous chronic disease and gives an important contribution for the healthy lifestyle. The main benefits of physical activity are disease preventions, stress management, to have a fun cycling, the improved body beauty. Recent research suggests that a significant percentage of students did not get adequate physical activity. The information concerning eating habits, sports habits, life styles are very important. We have provided a questionnaire for the students from different higher schools concerning physical activities. Respondents were aged from 19 years to 33 years. The questionnaire includes the positions that allow us to collect information about sports and physical activity during the time of the working day and after it. The questionnaire embraced all the spectrums of the week’s physical activities. The data of the questionnaire were evaluated according to the scale (in points) and calculated. Those data allow us to divide respondents into subgroups according to the levels of physical activity (low, moderate, and good, high). The determination of the degree of physical activity is essential for answering questions on health sciences for the identification of the target groups for health-related intervention.

Keywords


anthropometric characteristics of students; physical activity of students; physical development of students

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12697/poa.2012.21.18

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ISSN 1406-0140 (print)
ISSN 1736-7646 (online)
Journal DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/issn1406-0140