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Table 3 Exercise motivators for women with and without PCOS

From: Physical activity and mental health in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Motivator PCOS (%) Control (%) Χ 2 (p)
Control weight 144 (94) 52 (81) 0.97 (0.326)
Improve health 142 (93) 49 (77) 1.51 (0.220)
Increase energy 128 (84) 47 (73) 0.77 (0.380)
Stress reduction 123 (80) 47 (73) 0.32 (0.571)
Maintain health 121 (79) 45 (70) 0.54 (0.461)
Improve mood 117 (76) 43 (67) 0.57 (0.452)
Maintain fitness 115 (75) 51 (80) 0.16 (0.688)
Improve self confidence 103 (67) 34 (53) 1.63 (0.201)
Decrease risk of disease 100 (65) 37 (58) 0.40 (0.528)
Decrease risk of illness 71 (46) 31 (48) 0.04 (0.837)
Control medical condition* 61 (40) 12 (19) 7.48 (0.006)
Control blood glucose levels 59 (39) 16 (25) 3.06 (0.080)
Social interaction 54 (35) 16 (25) 1.67 (0.197)
Other 1 (1) 1 (2) -
Enjoyment 1 (1) 1 (2) -
Own space 0 (0) 1 (2) -
  1. Note: *indicates significant difference between groups based on Chi-Square goodness of fit analyses (p<0.05).