Correlates of physical activity participation among secondary school students in Hlanganani rural area of Limpopo Province, South Africa
The purpose of this study was to examine perceived benefits and motives of physical activity participation among secondary school students. A total of 172 learners, aged 18.37±1.90 years who were attending three public secondary schools in Hlanganani rural area, Limpopo Province of South Africa, volunteered to participate in the study. Data were collected using a validated questionnaire. Results indicated that the most helpful cues to physical activity participation for both males and females were: being reminded about the health benefits of physical activity, having a friend to exercise with, having parent(s) who encourage them to exercise, and taking a physical education class in school, whereas the benefits of physical activity: were to stay in shape, increase energy level, improve self-esteem and become more physically attractive to others. The recommendations to increase physical activity participation in schools are provided.
Keywords: Physical activity, determinants, benefits, enabling.
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