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Hsinchu City Firefighters’ Physical Fitness and Regular Exercise Behaviors
regular exercise behavior
This study aims to understand the current condition of Hsinchu City firefighters’ physical fitness and regular exercise behavior through a carefully designed questionnaire. The total number of valid questionnaires is 145 with the overall response rate of 85%. The data gathered from the questionnaire are analyzed through descriptive statistics, independent sample one-way ANOVA and independent sample t-test. The following are the results: 1. Physical Fitness: subjects are categorized by age (with an interval of 5 years) and their average performances are compared with “Male Physical Fitness Norm Table in Taiwan-Fujian Area.” The study shows that the BMIs (body mass index) of the age group of 46-50 and 51-55 are slightly heavier, that muscular fitness of all the subjects is VERY GOOD; that the body softness level of half the subjects is ORDINARY while the other half is GOOD, and that the cardiorespiratory fitness of the age group of 46-50 is GOOD, while the rest is VERY GOOD. 2. By comparing the average physical fitness performance of firefighters from different working positions, it shows: (a) sub-captains have higher BMI than crew members; (b) crew members do better in one-minute sit-ups and sit-and-bend; (c) sub-captains perform better in three-minute step test. 3. 65.5% of the firefighters have regular exercise behavior, while 34.5% do not. 4. The most common exercising activity that the subjects are engaged in is jogging; the most common freguency of exercising is twice a week; the most common average exercising time is two hours. 5. Because Hsinchu City Fire Bureau attaches great importance to the physical training and arrangements for the overall skills competition, its firefighters’ physical fitness performances in all aspects are excellent.
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