DOHA: Walking and jogging are the most popular sports activity among citizens and expatriates in Qatar, found a survey conducted by the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) ahead of the National Sports Day.
The poll confirmed the findings of earlier surveys that about half of the Qatari and expatriate population do not engage in any regular physical exercise.
The survey also found that majority of those practicing sports, among Qatari and non-Qataris, were degree holders and were married. QSA announced the results of the survey yesterday.
Of the 950 people who responded to the poll, 72 per cent were sports practitioners. People in the age group of 30-39 years formed the majority of the participants with 37.6 per cent.
Qataris made up 37 per cent of the total participants, while non-Qataris constituted 37.8 per cent, of which females were 39.5 percent. Walking and jogging were the most popular sports practiced by Qataris (30 per cent of the total sports) and non-Qataris (35.9 per cent). Fifty five per cent of the Qataris were exercising at least once in a week, of which 51per cent were exercising an hour a day, and 36.5 per cent were exercising daily.
On the other hand, 55.2 per cent of non-Qataris were exercising at least once in a week, of which 52.2 per cent were exercising more than an hour. 51.4 per cent of women were exercising weekly, 40.1 per cent daily and 8.5 percent monthly.
In terms of educational status, majority of the sports practitioners were degree holders. Qataris with a bachelor’s or higher degree were 74.0 percent of total participants and sport practitioners, of which women represented 55.3 percent.
Non-Qataris with a bachelor’s or higher degree accounted for 79 per cent of the sports practitioners, of which women formed 17.1 percent. More than 59 per cent of the Qatari sports practitioners were married, of which women represented 31.1 percent. As for non-Qataris, 70 percent of the sports practitioners were married, of which women made up 13.1 percent.
The highest number of sport practitioners were in Doha municipality- 68.2 per cent of Qataris (50.4 percent women) and 87.7 percent of non-Qataris (8 per cent women).
More than 30 per cent of the Qataris practiced sports at home, 34.1 percent at the club, 30.6 percent at public places and five per cent in other places.
On the other hand, majority of non-Qataris- 42.1 percent- practiced sports at public places, 20.7 percent at home, 27.3 percent at the club and 9.9 per cent at other places.
The survey also showed that 29.1 per cent of the participants had home gyms while those who had swimming pools at home accounted for only 4.23 percent.
More than 55 percent of Qataris and 64 per cent of non-Qataris said they planned to participate in sports activities on the National Sports Day.
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