Journal of
Physical Education and Sport Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Phys. Educ. Sport Manag.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6486
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPESM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 70

Full Length Research Paper

Utilization of physical exercise by students of Cross River State tertiary institutions to achieve good health in the new millennium

L. O. Ogunjimi
  • L. O. Ogunjimi
  • Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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Patience Samson Akpan
  • Patience Samson Akpan
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
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M. M. Ikorok
  • M. M. Ikorok
  • Department of Physical and Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Uyo, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 12 January 2010
  •  Accepted: 01 November 2012
  •  Published: 31 August 2014

Abstract

 

The numerous advantages of participation in physical activities (physical exercise) are: increased efficiency of heart and lungs; increased muscle strength and endurance; maintenance of proper body weight; and reduction of risk of coronary heart diseases.  The study was conducted to ascertain students’ knowledge of the effects of physical activities on their health as well as their level of participation in physical activities, for the purpose of achieving optimum level of health (wellness) in the new millennium.  A total of three hundred (300) students randomly selected from the three campuses of tertiary institutions in Calabar served as subjects of the study. Three research questions were generated to guide the study.  A well structured and validated questionnaire was used to gather information from the subjects.  The study revealed that most of the subjects of the study (96%) displayed high knowledge of the effects of physical activities on human health. Level of participation in physical activities was found low, probable reasons deduced for poor level of participation were enumerated, while suggestions were made on how to raise level of participation in physical activities with the aim of using same to achieve good health/optimum level of well being in the new millennium.

 

Key words: Physical activities, university students, utilization, good health.