Method of Data Collection:
Online and Offline Survey
SME Operators in Nigeria
General Population: 250, Gym Operators: 4, Medical Practitioner:1
This study was embarked on to look into the attitudes of Nigerians towards exercise. This study was carried out using a well drafted questionnaire containing closed and open ended questions to obtain the required data from the respondents. The questionnaires were administered both online and manually.
The online platform made the questionnaires available and accessible to the respondents all over Nigeria while the offline (manual) questionnaires was used in Ondo State.
Telephonic interview was used to obtain information from the Medical practitioners and Gym centers operators. It was found from the study that males are more involved in exercise than females and youths exercise more than any age group in Nigeria. The study also showed that singles exercise more than the married in Nigeria. It was also found that close to half of Nigerians don’t exercise regularly and more than half of those that exercise regularly spend less than 30minutes on daily exercise. Majority (88%) of Nigerians do not have gym subscription citing time constraints and distance from home to the gym centers as the two most important reasons why they don’t have a gym subscription. Among those that have a gym subscription,only a quarter do make use of the gym services effectively. Only one out of ten Nigerians have gym set at home while 80% of Nigerians are willing to pay up to NGN 60,000 to purchase a gym set for home use. Jogging/Running and walking exercise was found to be the most embraced type of exercise among Nigerians which was found to be in contrast to weight lifting service offered by most gyms and fitness centers in Nigeria. The survey also reveals that most Nigerians are not aware of the unique health benefits of exercise, they are majorly aware of the ability of exercise to make them feel better with more energy and build strong bones and muscles. Only a quarter of Nigerians are aware of the ability of exercise to reduce the risk of heartattack and prevent other related heart diseases.