Barriers to physical exercise among adults

  • Adelino Pereira UTAD-Psicologia
  • Maria Isabel UTAD-Psicologia
  • Vânia Freitas UTAD-Psicologia


This study aimed to identify the barriers to the practice of physical exercise in a sample of adults. Our sample was composed of 13 participants between 21 and 35 years old, practitioners and non-practitioners of physical exercise residing in the north of Portugal. The data collection method was the interview focused on the problem. Applying the coding and categorization processes, we identified seven constructs. They were: lack of time; disinterest by the exercise/aversion; incompetence; family support/couples support; stereotypes/sex prejudices; lack or insufficiency of infrastructure/lack of terms; lack of economic resources/money. It would be interesting that a study of a quantitative nature seek to confirm our assumptions on the adult population.


Apr 2, 2020
How to Cite
PEREIRA, Adelino; ISABEL, Maria; FREITAS, Vânia. Barriers to physical exercise among adults. PsychTech & Health Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 40-55, apr. 2020. ISSN 2184-1004. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 may 2020.