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International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2023)

Walking status in Saudi Arabia

Author(s): Walking, physical activity, Saudi Arabia, survey
Walking is one of the most effective strategies for maintaining good health. Prior research has indicated that there were a high number of inactive people in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, there is a gap in research on walking statistics and the potential barriers to physical activity and walking in Saudi Arabia in recent years. As such, the aim of this study was to determine if there are more inactive people than previous research has shown among the population of Saudi Arabia. This research was conducted using a survey, which included questions about participants’ walking habits and potential factors influencing them, distributed by a survey link across the KSA, covering its geographical regions. The questionnaire was advertised on social networking sites (Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram) between April 2022 and May 2022, and 1,300 people completed the survey. More people reported actively participating in walking in this study than in prior studies, with more than half of all participants (56%) actively walking. Specifically, 57% of male respondents and 43% of female respondents make up this group of active walkers. High frequency of walking corresponded with nonsmoking and overweight or obese participants, according to multivariate regression analysis (p< 0.5). A chi-square test also revealed that women and people between the ages of 18 and 30 are substantially more likely to be inactive (p< 0.5). In our study, social media and family were found to be the two major sources of information on walking and motivation to walk. The primary barriers to walking participation were reported to be a lack of locations to walk, extreme temperature changes, and a lack of companions and time. Population-based interventions are required to address these identified barriers to walking and physical activity. This conclusion aligns with the goals of the WHO Global Action Plan 2018–2030, which supports opportunities for physical activity and walking in public spaces and engages entire communities in the process.
Pages: 14-20  |  173 Views  83 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Walking, physical activity, Saudi Arabia, survey. Walking status in Saudi Arabia. Int J Adv Community Med 2023;6(1):14-20. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2023.v6.i1a.251

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