Date of Award

Summer 8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

David Wachob, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

David Lorenzi, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Keri Kulik, Ph.D.

Abstract

This study was aimed at determining the interrelationship of self-reported physical activity habits, motivations towards exercise, and actual health-related fitness levels of college students at a large, State-owned university in Western Pennsylvania. Using a quantitative, correlational design, a convenience sample of students (N = 106) enrolled in three sections of HPED 143 – Contemporary Women’s Wellness at Indiana University of Pennsylvania completed a Physical Activity Recall Survey (CDC, 2010) to measure physical activity habits and an Exercise Regulations Questionnaire (Markland, 2014) to measure exercise motivations. Pre-existing health-related fitness data was also used in the analysis of the research question, including the 20-meter PACER test, 90° push up test, one-minute curl up test, back-saver sit and reach test, and shoulder stretch test. After analysis of the three variables using Spearman rho correlations and setting the alpha level at 0.05, statistical significance was found between BMI Healthy Fitness Zone [Cardiovascular Healthy Fitness Zone (r = -.205, p = .042)], Cardiovascular Healthy Fitness Zone [Upper Body Healthy Fitness Zone (r = .304, p = .002), Muscular Guidelines (r = .250, p = .013)], Upper Body Healthy Fitness Zone [Muscular Guidelines (r = .341, p = .001), Flexibility Guidelines (r = .295, p = .004)], Motivation [Cardiovascular Guidelines (r = .255, p = .021), Muscular Guidelines (r = .268, p = .014), Flexibility Guidelines (r = .217, p = .049)], Cardiovascular Guidelines [Muscular Guidelines (r = .491, p = .000), Flexibility Guidelines (r = .335, p = .001)], and Muscular Guidelines [Flexibility Guidelines (r = .444, p = .000)].

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