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Motives for Exercising and Associations with Body Composition in Icelandic Adolescents

Physical Education and Sports, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Seville (Research Lab HUM 962: Sports and Society), 41013 Sevilla, Spain
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Sports 2019, 7(6), 149; https://doi.org/10.3390/sports7060149
Received: 27 May 2019 / Revised: 13 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity in Adolescents)
The aim of this study is to identify and analyze the motives that lead Icelandic teenagers to engage in physical exercise and the possible associations with variables of their body composition. For this purpose, the Self-Report of Reasons for the Practice of Physical Exercise questionnaire (AMPEF) was administered to 387 students (54% boys and 46% girls, Mage = 13.38 years) from Reykjavik (Iceland). The results reveal the subscales Revitalization and Enjoyment, Strength and Endurance, Challenge and Competition as the main motives for exercising among the participants. Boys score higher in all subscales than girls except for Revitalization and Enjoyment. Associations between the motive Weight Management and Appearance, and BMI and Fat % levels were found. It can be concluded that the participants’ physical exercise practice is based on the feelings and experiences they perceive in the sports practice process. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical exercise; adolescents; motivation; Iceland physical exercise; adolescents; motivation; Iceland
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Galan-Lopez, P.; Ries, F. Motives for Exercising and Associations with Body Composition in Icelandic Adolescents. Sports 2019, 7, 149.

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