Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Jordan
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Primary Health Care
Introduction & Aim: Insufficient physical activity is a risk factor for many non communicable diseases. Perceived benefits and barriers to exercise are important factors that affect individuals├ó┬?┬? engagement in physical activity. The purpose of this study was to examine Jordanian University students perceived benefits and barriers to exercise. Material & Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study used Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale to examine perceived benefits and barriers of exercise in a convenience sample (N=525) of university students in Jordan. Results: The mean age of the students was 20.7├?┬▒2.4 years and 71.8% of the students were female. Participants reported significantly higher perceived barriers to exercise than perceived benefits from exercise (t (523) = 27.9, p<0.001). ├ó┬?┬?I am too embarrassed to do exercise├ó┬?┬Ł was the most important perceived barrier to exercise. ├ó┬?┬?I will live longer if I exercise and exercising increases my acceptance by others├ó┬?┬Ł were the most important perceived benefits from exercise. Conclusion: Physical activity and promotion programmes designed for university students should assist them to overcome any perceived barriers, and to further highlight the multiple health and other benefits of regular exercising.