Examination of perceived barriers related to exercise among undergraduate females

Barriers Related to Exercise


  • Sumaira Bibi The University of Lahore, Lahore Pakistan




Exercise Adherence, Exercise Participation, Perceived Barriers, Sedentary Lifestyle, Undergraduate Females



Introduction: Physical activity is crucial for the well-being of young females, especially undergraduates, in the prevention and management of non-communicable illnesses.

Objective: To determine perceived exercise barriers among undergraduate females and their associations with sub-scales.

Design: A cross-sectional survey

Place and duration: University of Lahore and the University of Gujrat from April 27 to August 25, 2023

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted on 361 female undergraduates at the University of Lahore and the University of Gujrat using the Exercise Benefits and Barriers Scale (EBBS). Population proportion was estimated at 95% confidence interval.

Results: The study revealed that a majority of participants (63.4%) fell within the age range of 20-25 years, while 36.3% were below 20 years old. Various obstacles were identified, such as challenges related to the exercise environment, time availability, physical exertion, and lack of family support. Notably, factors like embarrassment, time constraints, physical effort, and family discouragement exhibited significant correlations with specific aspects of the study, all with a highly significant level of <0.05. On the other hand, perceived advantages demonstrated a robust and notably strong significance in the findings.

Conclusion: Perceived exercise barriers are consistent among undergraduate females, with embarrassment, time constraints, physical exertion, and family discouragement being the key obstacles. Understanding these sub-scale associations can guide targeted interventions to promote physical activity. Tailored interventions addressing specific sub-scales can effectively address exercise barriers, enhancing physical activity among undergraduate females.





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