We made up our mind to promote physical activity via a group of year 10 learners at Macleans College. When undergoing our planning process we simply assumed that this particular group of students required more physical activity, or perhaps that it was just a convenient, trouble-free group to work with, as I myself had previous experience in working with a number of the learners within the group before promoting physical activity, so I was assured that they would be easy to communicate and relate with as I’m already familiar to them and we would be able to prove that being active is good for them. While I’m not actually sure if this particular group really understood the indisputable benefits of being active and how it can benefit them.
Our second assumption was that sport and especially badminton was the only physical activity that they would like. In the poll we gave them, we just asked them what sports they went in for, what they really liked, and what they disliked. Then, when we got to know them, we figured out they were involved in a rich range of different types of activities, such as dodge ball, speedball, swimming, dancing, kickboxing and badminton. Besides this, we asked them about the enablers and barriers. Here we should explain that a barrier is something, preventing them from getting involved in physical activity, while an enabler stands for something, driving an individual into getting involved in physical activity. As follows from the results of our survey, we figured out that a great number of them shared the same barriers and enablers. As for the most common barrier, it turned to be a banal lack of time because of other commitments such as study and so on, while the greatest enabler towards physical activity was enjoyment and fun. Additionally, we wondered how many hours of physical activity they had on a weekly basis. For adults, it’s highly recommended to have at least seven hours of physical activity minimum per week.
Our survey revealed that approximately 59% of learners were doing under 7 hours of physical activity. Needless to say, that was an alarming outcome as more than half of the group were doing less physical activity than the required minimum.
The A Class a group of year 10 learners appeared to be the group of year 10s, we were promoting physical activity to. Focusing mostly on their academic work many folks told us in the poll that their greatest barrier when getting involved in physical activity was the lack of time. As we’ve already told above enjoyment and fun was the most productive enabler. As follows from this, only enjoyable and fund activities can motivate human beings to get closer to everyday physical activity.
We made up our mind to promote physical activity via a group of year 10 learners at Macleans College.