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Barriers and facilitators to physical activity for young adult women: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative literature

Physical activity (PA) has many benefits in preventing diseases and maintaining physical and mental health. Women, in particular, can benefit from regular PA. However, women’s PA did not increase over the past decade globally, and the situations faced by women are often gender-specific. Healthy young adult women’s PA does not receive as much attention as older women and adolescent girls, yet, they face the same situation of low level of PA. This review aims to explore and synthesise the self-identified barriers and facilitators to young adult women’s participation in PA from qualitative research studies and offer suggestions for future studies and programs designed for this population.