n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Physical exercise : knowledge, attitudes and habits of literate women in Western Nigeria : health and lifestyle

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study assessed the knowledge, attitudes and habits of women as it relates to physical exercises and its benefits on health and well-being. The participants were recruited from various workplaces within Ibadan North Municipality, Western Nigeria using convenience sampling. A questionnaire with close ended questions was used to collect data. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. A total of 562 women aged 37.2 ± 7.7 years participated in the study. Results of the study indicated that most of the women had sound knowledge (73.65%) of the benefits of exercise and a positive attitude towards exercise, but had poor exercise habits. Slightly over 50% of them did not know the different types of exercise that might benefit them. Based on the outcome of this study, it can be said that the knowledge of women in this region of Nigeria about the benefits of exercise is quite impressive. Not all participants knew about activities that constitute exercise but their attitude towards exercise is positive however their exercise habit is poor.

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