International E-publication: Publish Projects, Dissertation, Theses, Books, Souvenir, Conference Proceeding with ISBN.  International E-Bulletin: Information/News regarding: Academics and Research

Study about Physical Activity among Female Research Scholars residing in Hostel’s of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Home Science, Mahiala Mahavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA
  • 2Department of Home Science, Mahiala Mahavidyalaya, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 5-8, October,27 (2014)


It is well known fact that physical activity is directly linked with better health outcomes. Education is also indirectly linked to better health behaviour. The main objective of present study is to study the level of physical exercise of female Research Scholar (science stream) residing in hostel of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 50 participants were selected randomly. A self-structured interview schedule was used to collect the information. The mean age of respondents was 26.89 years, (range= 24 to 31 years). Body Mass Index of the whole sample varied from 17.10- 34.37 with a mean BMI of 23.92. Body Mass Index (BMI) research scholar shows that 18% participants were underweight, 50 % participants were average weight, 26% were overweight and 6% were obese. Out of total 32 participants were exercised daily. Physical activity generally they engaged was brisk walking, jogging, dancing, badminton, skipping, swimming, yoga, cycling, while rest 18 were not doing the same due to many reasons i.e. laziness and lack of time ( most of them go in early morning and back in the evening). Overall 62.5 % research scholars met WHO guidelines (for 18-64 years) of at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week. Nearly 50% respondents spend more than 7 hours with their laptop/ PC, the main sources for their fitness and health is online material (i.e. Google surfing, health blogs, Wikipedia, online articles, journals etc.), and print media (i.e. newspapers and magazines etc.). Participants are in good health conditions as they are engaged in different physical activity. To improve overall health for increasing resistance to illness and diseases and improvement in appearance is the main reason for exercise among research scholar


  1. World Health Organization (2011)
  2. Mc Tiernan A., Mechanisms linking physical activity withcancer, Nature Reviews. Cancer., (3), 205–211 (2008)
  3. Rogers C.J., Colbert L.H., Greiner J.W., Perkins S.N. andHursting S.D., Physical activity and cancer prevention:Pathways and targets for intervention, Sports Medicine.,38(4), 271–296 (2008)
  4. National Cancer Institute, Promoting healthy lifestyles:Policy, program, and personal recommendations forreducing cancer risk, 2006–2007 (2007)
  5. Sallis JF., Age-related decline in physical activity: Asynthesis of human and animal studies, Medicine andScience in Sports and Exercise, 32(9), 1598–1600 (2000)
  6. Leslie E., Fotheringham M.J., Owen N. and Bauman A., Age-related differences in physical activity levels of youngadults, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.,33(2), 255–258 (2001)
  7. Leslie E., Owen N., Salmon J., Bauman A., Sallis J.F. andLo S.K., Insufficiently active Australian college students:Perceived personal, social, and environmental influences,Preventive Medicine, 28(1), 20–27 (1999)
  8. Speck B.J., Hines-Martin V., Stetson B.A. and LooneyS.W., An environmental intervention aimed at increasingphysical activity levels in low-income women, Journal ofCardiovascular Nursing, 22(4), 263–271 (2007)
  9. Matthews C.E., Chen K.Y., Freedson P.S., BuchowskiM.S., Beech B.M., Pate R.R. and Troiano R.P., Amount oftime spent in sedentary behaviors in the United States,2003–2004, American Journal of Epidemiology, 167(7),875–881 (2008)
  10. Baranowski T., Cullen K.W., Basen-Engquist K., WetterD.W., Cummings S., Martineau D.S., Prokhorov A.V.,Chorley J., Beech B. and Hergenroeder A.C., Transitions out of high school: Time of increasedcancer risk?, Preventive Medicine, 26(5 Pt 1), 694–703(1997)
  11. Weiss G.L., Larsen Larsen and Baker W.K., Thedevelopment of health protective behaviors among collegestudents, Journal of Behavioral Medicine., 19(2), 143–161(1996)
  12. Brown S.A., Huber D. and Bergman A., A PerceivedBenefits and Barriers Scale for Strenuous Physical Activityin College Students, Am J Health Promot, 2, 137–140(2006)
  13. Myers R.S. and Roth D.L., Perceived Benefits and Barriersto Exercise and Stage of Exercise Adoption in YoungAdults, Health Psychol, 16, 277–283 (1997)
  14. James W.P.T., Ferro- Luizzi and Waterlow J.C., Definitionof chronic energy deficiency in adults- Report of workingparty of the intervention dietary energy consultation group,Am. J. Clin. Nutri., 42, 969-981, (1988)
  15. Schutter Alban De, Lavie Carl J., Gonzalez Jose andMilani Richard V., Body Composition In Coronary HeartDisease: How Does Body Mass Index Correlate WithBody Fatness?, The Ochner Journal., 11, 220-225 (2011)
  16. UNICEF, Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (1999-2001)(2005)
  17. International Commission on Education for Twenty-firstCentury, Learning: The Treasure Within, Report toUNESCO of International Commission on Education forTwenty-first Century, Paris, UNESCO, (1996)