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Physical Activity among Spanish Undergraduate Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study

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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV), Pozuelo de Alarcón, 28223 Madrid, Spain
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Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (INEF), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM), Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
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Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red Fragilidad y Envejecimiento Saludable (CIBERFES), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2770; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16152770
Received: 19 June 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; leisure-time physical activity; GPAQ; undergraduate students; recommendations physical activity; leisure-time physical activity; GPAQ; undergraduate students; recommendations
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Acebes-Sánchez, J.; Diez-Vega, I.; Rodriguez-Romo, G. Physical Activity among Spanish Undergraduate Students: A Descriptive Correlational Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2770.

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