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Table 1 Eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the correlation matrix for 15 measurements of percentages of the reasons for exercising in 27 European countries and one average country

From: Graphical study of reasons for engagement in physical activity in European Union

Reasons for exercising First Second
Eigenvalue 8,45112 1,23908
Variance that it account 60.365 8,851
Improve health 0.225355 −0.388504
Improve fitness 0.26383 −0.30367
Relax 0.217934 0.0302201
Have fun 0.195627 −0.110219
Improve physical appearance 0.222883 −0.094510
Improve physical performance 0.220278 −0.24821
Control weight 0.284559 −0.192121
Be with friends 0.280888 0.119302
Counteract the effects of ageing 0.262984 −0.045768
Improve self-esteem 0.303271 0.0434798
Develop new skills 0.296846 0.0935058
Spirit of competition 0.308349 0.0666423
Make new acquaintances 0.313184 0.202801
Better integrate into society 0.12407 0.693219
Meet people from other cultures 0.279221 0.288538