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The Abandonment of an Active Lifestyle Within University Students: Reasons for Abandonment and Expectations of Re-Engagement

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Manuel Gómez-López ,

University of Murcia, ES
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Antonio Granero-Gallegos,

University of Murcia, ES
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Antonio Baena-Extremera

University of Murcia, ES
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Abstract

The objective of this research is to analyse in detail the barriers that make university students abandon the practice of physical activity and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. In order to do so, a questionnaire on the analysis of sports habits and lifestyles was administered to 795 students who stated not having done any physical and/or sports activity for at least one year at the moment of the field-work. A factorial, descriptive and correlation analysis was carried out. The results reveal that university students abandon a healthy lifestyle mainly due to external barriers particularly because of lack of time. On the one hand, women appear to be the ones who, to a great extent, adopt a sedentary lifestyle. On the other hand, men are the ones who refer more to abandoning the practice of physical activity due to internal barriers. The majority of the university students gave up practicing sport before entering university alluding to external barriers as their reason for the abandonment. A greater part of the sedentary university students expressing that they will be active in the future, left the practice of sport due to internal barriers.
How to Cite: Gómez-López, M., Granero-Gallegos, A. & Baena-Extremera, A., (2011). The Abandonment of an Active Lifestyle Within University Students: Reasons for Abandonment and Expectations of Re-Engagement. Psychologica Belgica. 51(2), pp.155–175. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-51-2-155
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Published on 01 Aug 2011.
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