Examining the relationship between physical activity, bmi, gender, age and the ability to cope with stress

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Egan, Laura
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between physical activity, BMI, gender, age, stress and coping. The current study employed a within subjects design where data was collected through survey methods. These groups were selected to partake in this study, udergraduate business students, gym members and members from a rural community. The sample consisted of 117 participants of which (n=55) were male and (n=61) were females. Previous literature suggests that increased physical activity is beneficial in reducing levels of stress and also an effective strategy for coping. It also suggests a relationship between BMI and stress, and that age and gender also play a significant role in levels of physical activity. Results showed no significant relationship between physical activities, stress and coping, however there was a positive correlation found between stress and BMI in line with previous literature and indicating that increased stress levels were indicative of an insrease in BMI. Further research is required to observe the cause and effect nature of this relationship. A possible limitation of this study may be the sample size, a larger sample may provide greater insight into this area