Self Reported Physical Activity Level and Barriers to Physical Activity in Youth of Bangalore, India
Dr. Garima Gupta,
G 902, MJR Pearl, Kadugodi, Bangalore-560067, Karnataka, India.
Introduction: Physical activity plays an important role in our day-to-day life. It is approximated that 36.9% of total Indian population is reported to be physically inactive, the fourth leading cause of non-communicable disease.
Aim: To find out self reported physical activity levels and the existing barriers to physical activity among the youth of Bangalore, India.
Materials and Methods: A total of 147 participants aged between 18-25 years were included in this observational study. The key tools in aiding the data collection were International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), Barrier to Being Physically Active Quiz (BBAQ) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Descriptive statistical analysis for perceived barriers and co-relational analysis among physical activity and barriers using SPSS software was done.
Results: The data uncovered that 38% of youth population had low physical activity level. Lack of will power (76.2%) and lack of energy (63.9%) were the maximum reported barriers to physical activity. Co-relational analysis among the barriers to physical activity showed that almost all the barriers of physical activity are significantly correlated with each other.
Conclusion: It was found out that 38% of youth population in Bangalore was reported to have low physical activity level. Presently will power is the most challenging internal barrier faced by the youth. Study finding also suggest that if the individual is physically active they do not tend to encounter barrier to physical activity as compared to individual who are insufficiently active.