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Leisure, Lifestyle, and Health-Related Physical Fitness for College Students

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Abstract:

In this article we explored whether or not differences in health-related physical fitness exist among people with different leisure lifestyles. The Physical Fitness Scales for Taiwan Citizens (Cheng & Liu, 2001) was utilized to measure the health-related physical fitness of 241 college students. Factor analysis resulted in 4 dimensions; namely, dawn activity loving, sports loving, healthy diet, and vacation loving. Next, using cluster analysis, we identified 4 groups of college students, and they were dawn activity lovers, sports lovers, inactive healthy dieters, and vacation lovers. Finally, we explored the relationships among the 4 groups and their health-related physical fitness using one-way analysis of variance. The results indicate that college students who routinely engage in exercise tend to have physical fitness superior to those who do not exercise on a regular basis.

Keywords: EXERCISE; HEALTH-RELATED PHYSICAL FITNESS; LEISURE LIFESTYLE; VACATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.3.321

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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