I have found that a person's culture has an impact on which physical activities individuals participate in to stay healthy. I came to this conclusion by interviewing three different people from different ethnic backgrounds and different age groups.
The first person I interviewed was Mario Alarcon. He’s a 19 year old male who is half Cuban and half Italian. Throughout high school he was in both the soccer team and the football team. When I asked him which one he preferred he said he preferred soccer because when he was growing up in Cuba, that’s what he would play in the street with the other boys. Back in Cuba, he says that other sports like baseball and football didn’t really exist. He therefore claims that because of the place in which he grew up, he prefers to play soccer over any other sport. He claims to play some soccer at least twice a week with his friends and family. Because his family also plays soccer, it becomes a good way for him to spend time with his family and it has become sort of a tradition.
The second person I interviewed was Michael White who is a 25 year old white male. He’s an extremely fit guy and when asked if his culture had any say in what activities he chooses to stay healthy he said that it did. He told me that as child he grew up in a small town up in New York where lacrosse was everything so there wasn’t any other choices as to which sport he could play. He tells me he loves the sport and doesn’t regret it but also says that if he had grown up in a town more to the south he would have been definitely playing a different sport like football or baseball.
The last person I interviewed was Da’Mik Johnson. He’s a 38 year old African American male who works out 3-5 times a week and has been playing basketball since he was the age of 7. He claims that what led to his love of basketball was his childhood and growing up in the projects where all the guys would get together and play basketball. When I asked him if any other factors led to...