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Table 7 Reasons given by Saudi employed women who have low or high physical activity for being physically active or inactive (more than one answer could be chosen)

From: Levels and correlates of physical activity, inactivity and body mass index among Saudi women working in office jobs in Riyadh city

Reasons for being physically active (n = 417) Low PA N (%) High PA N (%) P-value
 For health 112 (54.1) 130 (61.9) .107
 To maintain bodyweight 86 (41.5) 110 (52.4) .027
 To reduce body weight 99 (47.8) 97 (46.2) .738
 For recreation 76 (36.7) 75 (35.7) .832
 To spend time with friends 4 (1.9) 10 (4.8) .109
 For competition 1 (0.5) 4 (1.9) .182
 Other reasons for being PA 11 (5.3) 11 (5.2) .972
Reasons for not being physically active (n = 418)    
 No time 148 (71.2) 124 (59.0) .009
 Too tired to exercise 93 (44.7) 80 (38.1) .170
 Facilities are too far 65 (31.2) 57 (27.1) .356
 No transportation 46 (22.1) 48 (22.9) .856
 No one to exercise with 50 (24.0) 40 (19.0) .215
 No will power 39 (18.8) 28 (13.3) .131
 No motivation 12 (5.8) 4 (1.9) .039
 Facilities are too expensive 31 (14.9) 30 (14.3) .858
 Due to health reasons 19 (9.1) 19 (9.0) .975
 Don’t know how to exercise/play sports 10 (4.8) 10 (4.8) .983
 Due to health reasons 19 (9.1) 19 (9.0) .975
 Don’t know how to exercise/play sports 10 (4.8) 10 (4.8) .983
 Socially unacceptable 5 (2.4) 4 (1.9) .725
 Other reasons for not being PA 14 (6.7) 11 (5.2) .499