Self-reported measurement of physical activity patterns of selected occupations in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Otinwa, G. O.
Aoko, O. A.
Ajiborisade, E. V.
Ademola, V. D.
Journal of Research and Contemporary Issues in Human Kinetics and Health Education
Researches have shown that physical inactivity is a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases and the fourth leading cause of early death globally. The study evaluated the physical activity patterns of selected occupations at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Lagos, Nigeria. The participants for the study comprised secretaries, cab drivers, and shop owners within the tertiary institution. Informed consent forms were completed and returned by the participants. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form (IPAQ-SF) was used to assess the physical activity status of the participants. The Metabolic Equivalent of tasks (MET) of the respondents were graded from low to high based on their MET values. The sample is a total of one hundred and three (103) male and female participants selected through a convenient random sampling technique. Forty (40) were cab drivers, while 30 were shop owners and 33 secretaries. Data collected were analysed using the descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation with graphical illustrations while hypotheses were tested using the inferential statistics of independent sample t-test at a 0.05 level of significance. Findings indicated that majority of the respondents have a low level of physical activity, although female participants (168.86 MET) had a slightly higher MET value than male participants (150.43). On average, participants rated low in physical activity. Although secretaries (190.7 MET) had a somewhat larger mean MET than shop owners (151.09 MET). The study recommends the promotion of physical activities among various occupations and encourages them to acquire at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activities per week as recommended by the World Health Organization and to improve their cardiorespiratory fitness.
Otinwa, G. O. Aoko, O. A. Ajiborisade, E. V. & Ademola, V. D. (2020). Self-reported measurement of physical activity patterns of selected occupations in Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Research and Contemporary Issues in Human Kinetics and Health Education 6 (1). 185-194