Physical Activity among Spanish Undergraduate Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study

Acebes Sánchez, Jorge and Diez Vega, Ignacio and Rodríguez Romo, Gabriel (2019). Physical Activity among Spanish Undergraduate Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study. "International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health", v. 16 (n. 15); pp. 1-13. ISSN 1661-7827. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152770.

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Title: Physical Activity among Spanish Undergraduate Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study
Author/s:
  • Acebes Sánchez, Jorge
  • Diez Vega, Ignacio
  • Rodríguez Romo, Gabriel
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health
Date: August 2019
ISSN: 1661-7827
Volume: 16
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: physical activity; leisure-time physical activity; GPAQ; undergraduate students; recommendations
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Deportes
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (PA) is associated with better health. Despite this, most undergraduate students report low levels of PA. This study aimed to assess the achievement of recommended PA levels in a wide sample of undergraduate students from Madrid (N = 2960). Overall PA and leisure-time PA (LTPA) were measured with the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ). Descriptive analyses and logistic regression were performed. It was revealed that 22.4% and 55.6% of overall PA and LTPA, respectively, did not achieve World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. When PA was measured as overall PA, the achievement of the recommended level was positively predicted by male sex; a Body Mass Index (BMI) indicative of normal weight or being overweight; spending less time sitting or reclining; work; and studying health science, social sciences, engineering, or architecture (all p < 0.001; r2 = 0.075). Using LTPA, the positive predictors of achieving recommended PA levels were male sex, having a BMI indicative of normal weight or being overweight, work, studying at a public university, and studying health science (r2 = 0.048). These findings suggest that universities should implement strategies to promote PA.

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Item ID: 57022
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/57022/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:57022
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16152770
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/15/2770/htm
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 18 Feb 2020 08:13
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2020 08:13
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