The Examination of Fitness Patterns in College Students
Arts and Sciences
Research Methods in Sociology
Fitness is widely acknowledged as an important element in maintaining a person’s health and well-being. As a person gets older, however, patterns in exercising and fitness tend to change. This has been shown to be true for college students, due to multiple factors that change after high school. They are adapting to a new lifestyle and environment, are subject to different pressures and motivations, and have greater opportunities for exercise. This proposed research is aimed at examining common fitness patterns in college students and the factors --such as gender and socioeconomic status -- that may affect these patterns. This will be accomplished through a survey designed with items that ask participants to identify specific fitness activities they engage (or do not engage) in, and various demographics of the student. The survey will be sent out to undergraduate students at Valparaiso University through their university email. We hope to discern through survey results the primary factors impacting how college students engage in fitness activities, as well as characteristics of these fitness patterns. We predict that changes in pressures and opportunities cause college students to exercise more. By examining fitness patterns in college students through our research, we hope to offer insights into possible factors affecting health in young adults and guidelines for fitness habits that promote improving health and well-being. Our research will also call for more examination in how to improve fitness habits in college students, as well as further research exploring how fitness is related to overall health in students.
Rafanelli, Anna; West, Sarah; and Rayner, Kelly, "The Examination of Fitness Patterns in College Students" (2017). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 611.