Comparison of physical activity and sedentary behavior levels in secondary and university students

Keywords: Exercise; Sedentary Behavior; Students; Young Adult; South Africa.


Objective: to compare physical activity and sedentary behavior in university students and secondary students. Methods: the cross-sectional study involved 202 selected secondary students and 171 university students. The Global Physical Activity Questionnaire was administered to the respondents. Percentages, chi-square test, Mann Whitney U test and linear regression were used for data analysis. Results: about 63% and 32% of secondary and university students, respectively, reported high levels of physical activity, while 84.7% and 71.9% of secondary and undergraduate students, respectively, met guidelines for sedentary behavior. The secondary students had significantly higher scores than the university students in vigorous (p=0.004), moderate (p<0.001), and total physical activity (p<0.001). The observed difference was more prominent among females. Conclusion: secondary students had higher scores of physical activity and spent less time in sedentary behavior.


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How to Cite
Naidoo, N., Olagbegi, O. M., Nadasan, T., & Afolabi, J. O. (2022). Comparison of physical activity and sedentary behavior levels in secondary and university students. Rev Rene, 23, e71433.
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