Expert Lorraine Robbins Motivation seems to have a significant impact on the overall wellbeing of an individual. A recent study undertaken by the Michigan State University asserts that lack of equipment and motivation are the main barriers to physical activity for adolescent boys. This obstacle of decrease in exercise levels can be probably resolved by initiating an after-school physical activity program.

Less than 12 percent of sixth-grade boys apparently reach federal benchmark that is one hour of daily exercise. Majority of them reportedly prefer playing computer or video games or watching TV rather than exercising. The most prominent personal barrier appears lack of motivation and environmental barriers in such boys. Unavailability of equipment at schools and few neighborhood options with small yards and parks in disrepair may also decline exercise levels.

“Although boys are more active, only a small percentage engages in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. A lot of boys in both single- and dual-working parent homes care for themselves after school while their parents are at work. Many have limited opportunities for physical activity that are safe, accessible and affordable; this type of situation can lead to unhealthy eating habits,” quoted lead investigator Lorraine Robbins from MSU’s College of Nursing.

The study encompassed sixth-grade boys as obesity seems to be highly prevalent in adolescent boys than girls. Most study subjects were willing to attend school-based programs, held after school from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. It was therefore suggested that school nurses can work along with principals, classroom teachers, physical education teachers and the school board to raise awareness about the need for and details of effective programs. Innovative strategies can possibly help improve physical activity in students.

The study is published in the Journal of School Nursing.