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A cross-sectional study of physical activity behaviour and associations with wellbeing during the UK coronavirus lockdown.

Wood, Carly and Barton, Jo and Smyth, Nina 2020. A cross-sectional study of physical activity behaviour and associations with wellbeing during the UK coronavirus lockdown. [Dataset]. Colchester, University of Essex. 10.5526/ERDR-00000132

Background: During the UK coronavirus restrictions, individuals were limited to one bout of daily physical activity (PA). This study aimed to analyse the impact of the lockdown on PA and wellbeing. Methods: UK adults participated in an online survey reporting their average weekly PA prior to lockdown, alongside the previous week. Perceptions of PA importance during lockdown were rated as more, less, or of equal importance. Wellbeing was assessed via measures of depression, anxiety, stress, wellbeing and nature connection. Mixed ANOVAs explored changes in PA by perceived importance; whilst one-way between ANOVA compared wellbeing by PA category. Results: Moderate PA significantly increased when PA was perceived as more important (p<.001) or of equal importance (p=.002); whilst total PA significantly increased when PA was perceived as more important (p=.005), and significantly decreased in the less importance group (p=.002). Time sitting significantly increased in all importance groups (all p<.002). Those with ‘low’ PA scored significantly worse on all wellbeing measures than the ‘high’ active group (p<0.01); and significantly worse on all measures except nature connection than the moderately active group (p<0.05). Conclusions: Strategies to increase PA and improve wellbeing should utilise behaviour change techniques to change perceptions of the importance of PA.

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Creators NameEmailAffiliationORCID
Wood, Carlycjwood@essex.ac.ukUniversity of Essexhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1723-552X
Barton, Jojobarton@essex.ac.ukUniversity of Essexhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3548-9478
Smyth, NinaN.smyth@westminster.ac.ukUniversity of WestminsterUNSPECIFIED
Division: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Keywords: Physical activity, Wellbeing, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Nature Connection, Lockdown
Research funder: N/A
Depositor: Carly Wood
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2020 14:16
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 14:16

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