Sustained involvement in physical activity can many benefits on your health and wellbeing….
Increase bone strength
Reduce chance of osteoporosis
Reduce risk of heart disease
Improve cardiovascular fitness
Decrease recovery time
Reduce blood pressure
Prevention of injury…..
3. Image Influences
Sports clothes are often worn as a fashion item; popularity of sports can change with trends or as it gets more media coverage.
Sport uses the media to hit a large audience. The type of T.V. access you have effects the sports you are able to watch e.g. satellite, cable or terrestrial . Media ranges from TV., internet, radio and press.
4. Influential People
Chances of participation increase with encouragement, access, tradition, family club memberships, positive experiences with family members & financial backing.
If your peers take part that may influence you to join in, starting an activity with a friend is easier because it can give confidence and be more fun.
There are many role models in sport, Dame Kelly Holmes being an example of a sports ambassador. Media coverage, success, behaviour, skill, personality and lifestyle can all contribute to them being a role model.
Are resources available ?
The physical activity you take part in will be dependent on whether the facilities you need are in your area/town. Funding for new facilities is dependent on many factors including funding, expected use and demand for the facility.
Do you have Access ?
In areas where facilities are good, there is a greater chance that people will participate. With more people involved, there is better possibility of a higher standard which therefore attracts more players and coaches. In a smaller town, the interest may be there, but if there are not people to use a new facility it will not be built; if there are know transport links to a facility the opportunity to play may also be lost.
Where are the resources located ?
Certain activities lend themselves to certain environments. Outdoor pursuit centres can be placed I areas where there are hills, lakes, forest etc.. which are needed for those activities. However, if the demand is high, artificial facilities can be created e.g. The Castle Climbing Centre in London.
How much time do you have?
Depending on the type of job you have; you may have blocks off time to participate I activities like mountaineering, or several short periods within a week which may lend itself to being member of a gym or leisure club.
6. Socio – economic Influences
Socio – economic
Surveys suggest that people who are classed as large employers & higher management tend to participate in more physical activity. Certain activities are also more popular in certain sectors.
For instance; rock climbing requires a lot of technical equipment, training, transport, club fees whereas running just needs a decent pair of trainers.
Aside from the physical benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Give two ways health and wellbeing can be improved. (2)
Give one reason why an over 50’s tennis player may take part in physical activity. (1)
State whether this reason is social, physical or metal. (1)
Identify four reasons that can influence people in sustaining their involvement in physical activity. (4)