n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Correlates of physical activity participation among secondary school students in Hlanganani rural area of Limpopo Province, South Africa : physical activity and sport

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this study was to examine perceived benefits and motives of physical activity participation among secondary school students. A total of 172 learners, aged 18.37±1.90 years who were attending three public secondary schools in Hlanganani rural area, Limpopo Province of South Africa, volunteered to participate in the study. Data were collected using a validated questionnaire. Results indicated that the most helpful cues to physical activity participation for both males and females were: being reminded about the health benefits of physical activity, having a friend to exercise with, having parent(s) who encourage them to exercise, and taking a physical education class in school, whereas the benefits of physical activity: were to stay in shape, increase energy level, improve self-esteem and become more physically attractive to others. The recommendations to increase physical activity participation in schools are provided.

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