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Are the Italian people more oriented to sport, to exercise, or to an armchair? Changes in the exercise patterns and in the health-related lifestyles in the years 1995-2006
Journal Title: SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI 
Author/s: Stefano Martelli 
Year:  2010 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  43 Pg. 29-71 FullText PDF:  412 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SP2010-002003
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Using the most trustworthy data, collected by national surveys in the years 1995-2006, this paper outlines a general framework for understanding the Italian people’s choices in matters of sport, exercise and health. The size and the socio-demographic outlines of three groups - sporting people (30,2%), people who exercise (28,4%), and sedentary people (41%) - are presented and their distribution at the national and regional levels is clarified. By a factor analysis, four groups were identified on the basis of their motivation to participate in sport: health fans; members of sporting clubs for hedonistic reasons; members who join clubs to make relationships; and a residual group. Moreover, this paper tries to study the link between sport and health choices. In Italy one can distinguish six life styles: three healthy lifestyles and three less healthy or even dangerous. This general framework provides a useful basis for developing and implementing social policies in matters of sport, exercise and health in Italy.
Keywords: Sport, Exercise, Sedentary People, Social Politics, Health Life Style.

Stefano Martelli, Are the Italian people more oriented to sport, to exercise, or to an armchair? Changes in the exercise patterns and in the health-related lifestyles in the years 1995-2006 in "SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI" 2/2010, pp. 29-71, DOI:10.3280/SP2010-002003

   

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