Author(s): Laila Fathi Zaid Alkilani
The physical activity for Saudi women is a priority to help them improve their fitness and protect then of different diseases. The objective of this study is to investigate the regularity of practicing physical activity for women in rural and urban areas, as well as measuring their awareness of the importance of physical activity. The sample included women both from urban and rural areas to compare the results. The questionnaire was used to collect data. For the time and regularity of physical activity the International Physical Activity Questionnaire was used. The results showed that the light physical activity was practiced higher in both urban and rural societies. Also, the percentage of women practicing moderate physical activity was higher than those practicing vigor one. The results showed that women in urban areas were aware off physical activities as a mean to reach fitness and decrease obesity. The awareness of physical activity as a mean to minimize the risk of different disease was low. The study recommended that it is urgent to direct programs to educate women about the importance of physical activity in their lives.