Lack of Exercise among College Students
For most people it is common knowledge that maintaining an active lifestyle and exercising on a daily basis is essential to a healthy life, research shows that approximately fifty percent of all college students see a decrease in regular exercise following high school graduation (Kilapatrick 2005). The decline of regular exercise displays a problem in more then a few colleges; the correlation of increased sedentary lifestyle and decreased physical activity is a national issue throughout all colleges and universities.
Scientific data shows a decline in the level of physical activity in students from high school to college. Approximately only 38 ...view middle of the document...
In this paper I will concentrate on two of the most prominent: gender and lack of time and motivation. (Physical Activity for Everyone).
Data shows a trend between gender and motivation to participate in physical activity. There was a study performed on university students that were enrolled in undergraduate health and kinesiology classes. The university students were asked to complete a survey indicating the amount of exercise they participated in and their motivation for the physical activity. Physical activity can be divided into two sub-groups: exercise and sport participation. The results showed that the motivation varied depending on the type of physical activity (Kilpatrick 2005).
Five types of motivation were tested: challenge, competition, social recognition, strength and endurance and weight management. Men had higher motivations for challenge, competition, social recognition and strength and endurance. These motivations are strongly correlated with sport participation. On the other hand, women had more motivation for weight management, which correlates with general exercise. An interesting result reported; both men and women strongly correlated positive health and weight management with general exercise such as going to the gym or running. (Kilpatrick 2005).
While gender plays a contributing factor in how college students exercise, the principal factors that serve as barriers are lack of motivation and time. The majority of a college student’s time is spent attending classes, doing homework, and studying for exams….hopefully. The academic load often drains out a student’s energy, which bumps exercise to the very back of their mind. According to the Journal of American College Health “Students reported that they had spent almost 30 hours in a typical week engaged in sedentary behaviors, mostly studying” (Weight Changes, Exercise). Academics is a commonly used reason on why a college student does not exercise but another root of the problem is laziness (Weight...