is also known as physical activity. In simple terms exercise is any movement
that works your body at a greater intensity than your usual level of daily
activity. Exercise raises your heart rate and works your muscles and is most
commonly undertaken to achieve the aim of physical fitness. It offers major health benefits and counselling for it
should be integrated into the medical consultation.
estimate the prevalence of physical activity habits among doctors in School of
medicine / faculty of medical sciences . Also, to identify the reasons for
engagement in physical exercise among the study population and the reasons for
not engaging in physical activity. Besides that , to determine whether
physicians in the study encourage their patients to be physically active through
their advice and lifestyle , and whether they encourage to study sport medicine
in medical colleges.
Method : A
cross-sectional study was carried out among doctors who are in contact and
lecturers of the school of medicine/faculty of medical sciences/university of
sulaimani. The questionnaire were collected by visiting their hospitals ,
departments or branches from March 1st till April 1st and
was a self-administered questionnaire and verbal consent was taken .The doctors
absolutely voluntarily participated in the study, and obtained information was
coded and anonymous. The data of this study was entered and analyzed by using
Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 21.0 software program .
Result : In
this study the collected data are 91 , in which 64.8% are male and 25.2% are
female , and age ranges 29 – 63 , with highest response between 35 – 44 age
group , and BMI ranged from<18 to >30 with the highest response from
over-weighted group, and among specialty the highest response were among
The prevalence of physical
activity assessed as 53.8% and with no significant associations between
physical activity with age, gender, marital status and BMI but only specialty shows
significant association of 80.8% of surgeons. There is close prevalence of
physical activity between male and female of 52.5% and 56.25% respectively, and
highest prevalence for age are among 45 and above, and normal and obese BMI
groups are of highest in engaging in physical activities and overall 59.2% do
exercise regularly. The most common motivator is improving health 38.8% , and
most cited barriers are being busy with family (37.4%) and being too tired
(35.2%).91.2% recommend studying sport medicine in medical colleges , and 97.7
counsel their patients for exercising.
Conclusion : Doctors
shows good engagement in physical activities. Prevalence of exercise is not
related to gender, age ,BMI, marital status but only associated with specialty.
Male and female show close prevalence of engagement in physical activities. The
regularity of exercise among doctors is not maintained as expected. Most
doctors recommend studying Sport medicine in medical colleges. The most common
motivator among doctors is improving health , and being busy with family and
being tired are the most cited barrier . Being a doctor has affect in not
participating in physical activities by many ways. Most doctors counsel their
patients about exercise.
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