1Near East University, Sport Sciences Faculty, Nicosia, Cyprus
Patterns of Physical Activity of Libyan Undergraduate Students at the University of Tripoli Using International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)
This study aims to evaluate Physical Activity (PA) among undergraduate students. Physical activity is associated with many physical and psychological health benefits, both in the prevention of ill, health and the management of existing health conditions and a strong relationship between being physically active and good health.The researchers used the descriptive approach to study 515 undergraduate students from the University of Tripoli in Libya. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) short version was used to identify the physical activity levels among the participants. Higher prevalence of physical activity was found in moderate intensity which reached 18.49 minutes per day during the average of 3.69 days, while the High intensity PA category was only 9.38 minutes per day during the average of 1.54 days per week, participants were reached 28.02 minutes as an average time of walking with the average of 4.05 days of the week. The results of the study, indicated that all the students of the sample achieved moderate PA rates (18.49 minutes per day), which was higher than the rate of high intensity physical activity that was only (9.38minutes per day). Thus these results indicate that the sample did not reach the WHO recommendations toward physical activity and health even when combining the high moderate and high physical activity levels that achieved during the week.
physically active, IPAQ, walking, moderate, high
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