Intention to Be Physically Active Is Influenced by Physical Activity and Fitness, Sedentary Behaviours, and Life Satisfaction in Adolescents

Alberto Grao-Cruces, Antonio Fernández-Martínez, Alberto Nuviala, José A. Pérez-Turpin


The aim of this study was to analyze the association of levels of physical activity (PA), physical fitness (PF), sedentary lifestyle and life satisfaction with the intention to be physically active after secondary school graduation, in teenagers of both genders. A total of 1986 Spanish adolescents (12-16 years) participated in this cross-sectional study. PA, sedentary lifestyle, life satisfaction and intention to be physically active were assessed through validated questionnaires, and PF was evaluated objectively with the ALPHA battery tests. In both genders, adolescents who had significantly higher odds ratios (OR) of showing low intention to be physically active had low level of PA, cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular fitness in the lower body, and they were more sedentary in front of the computer. The girls that spent a lot of time watching TV and the boys with low life satisfaction also showed higher OR of having low intention to be physically active.


exercise; physical fitness; sedentary lifestyle; sports; teenagers; value of life

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