Almost half students aged 16-24 not getting recommended amount of exercise, finds poll

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15th May 2019 16:40 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

Almost half students aged 16-24 not getting recommended amount of exercise: A poll looking at the physical activity levels of students in further and higher education in England found that 47% were not meeting the levels recommended by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), which is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.

Of the 6,891 students polled in the 2018 British Active Students Survey 7% were deemed 'inactive' according to CMO guidelines - meaning that they undertook less than half an hour of exercise every week, while 40%) were considered ‘fairly active’ taking between 31 – 149 minutes per week.

The study found that the students who engaged in physical activity reported significantly greater life satisfaction than those who did less exercise. Active students also had lower levels of loneliness and better grade expectations.

Those who regularly took exercise rated their life satisfaction as 7.1 out of 10 compared to an average score of 6.2 for those who were classed as ‘inactive’. Happiness levels were also greater 6.8 to 5.8, as were feelings of being worthwhile 7.3 to 6,4.

Students who took more exercise also reported feeling more confident when it came to their employability with 65% of active students saying they were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ confident of to being employed within six months of graduating, compared to 53% of inactive pupils.

The research found that over half the respondents polled were members of both a gym and a sports club (53%), while just over a fifth said they were members of a sports team but not a gym, and 18% disclosed they were members of a gym but not involved with a sports team. Just under one in ten (9%) said they did neither.

Discussing the barriers to undertaking exercise, 76% of students said they were too busy with their studies, while 23% said they were too busy socialising. Other answers given were 'activity options too expensive' (23%) while others said 'body confidence' prevented them from engaging in more exercise.

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