Exercise participation and diet monitoring in pursuit of healthy aging among the university staff members

  • J. B. Gbenga Department of Sports Science, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti,
  • J. F. Babalola Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ibadan
Keywords: Exercise participation, diet monitoring, healthy aging

Abstract

This study examined the level of exercise participation and diet monitoring in pursuit of healthy aging. Descriptive survey research design and self-structured questionnaire was used to elicit information from the respondents. Proportionate stratified and simple random sampling techniques were used to select two hundred and nineteen (219) respondents (60.7% male and 33.2% female) who formed the sample size for the study. Statistical analysis of mean, standard deviation, percent counts, frequency, chi-square and spearman rank correlation coefficient were carried out. Results showed that university staff members had significant level of exercise participation and proper diet monitoring in pursuit of healthy aging (X2=204.05, p=.000; X2=235.16, p=.000). Exercise participation and diet monitoring in pursuit of healthy aging had very weak positive relationship (r=0.132,p=.000). The study revealed that it is possible to focus more on exercise participation and neglect diet monitoring or vice versa. Exercise participation and diet monitoring are closely related to living a healthy lifestyle with satisfactory life-work growing productivity level and both should be given adequate attention.

Keywords: Exercise participation, diet monitoring, healthy aging

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