Assessing Physical Activity Levels and Motivation in an Urban Midwest Private Liberal Arts College
International Journal of Exercise Science 12(4): 1169-1178, 2019. Recent research indicates that over one third of U.S. adults are obese and 51.6% of adults meet the recommended 2008 physical activity (PA) guidelines. In this context, understanding what makes people engage or not in PA becomes of key importance when attempting to prevent obesity and its related comorbidities. The objective is to assess the PA and motivation levels of students, faculty, and staff in an urban Midwest Private College. Participants completed an anonymous online survey (n=119) on PA and Exercise Motivation. Fitness levels were tested and obtained from wellness assessments (n=74). Multiple regression statistical models were used to test age, body composition, and sex effects on motivation, PA engagement and fitness factors. Less than half of participants met the 2008 PA Guidelines. BMI was a significant predictor of overall fitness. Males were more motivated by competition and age was a significant predictor on 5 subscales of motivation. Males had greater muscle strength and endurance, while females were more flexible. PA and obesity prevalence didn’t match national averages. Results suggest that age and sex are significant predictors of fitness and motivation to exercise.
Kantor, Michael A. and Freire Ribeiro, Ana
"Assessing Physical Activity Levels and Motivation in an Urban Midwest Private Liberal Arts College,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 12
4, Pages 1169 - 1178.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol12/iss4/18