PERCEIVED BARRIERS TO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AMONG MACEDONIAN ADOLESCENTS

Ruzdija Kalac, Seryozha Gontarev, Lence A. Velickovska

Many researches which were published in other countries identified certain benefits and barriers to physical activity among young people. But there is no data about the subject pertaining to Macedonian adolescents. This study tries to rectify this with a study of Macedonian adolescents. The research was realized on a sample of 847 adolescents of Macedonian nationality. Current exercise habits and perceived barriers to physical activity were assessed in the sample. Using a Likert Type scale, participants responded an instrument with 18 items representing barriers to physical activity. Adolescents who perceive less barriers have higher levels of physical activity. The most often reasons for their physical inactivity according to the respondents are: too many responsibilities at school, lack of time, too busy, parents who believe that learning is more important than exercising, lack of motivation and interest. The results should be taken into consideration when making strategies and educational programs to promote physical activity among young people.

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