Physical activity, mental health and wellbeing of adults within and during the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, in the United Kingdom and New Zealand

Faulkner, James, O’Brien, Wendy J, Stuart, Beth, Stoner, Lee, Batten, John, Wadsworth, Daniel P., Askew, Christopher D., Badenhorst, Claire, Byrd, Erin, Draper, Nick, Elliot, Catherine, Fryer, Simon M ORCID: 0000-0003-0376-0104, Hamlin, Michael J., Jakeman, John, Mackintosh, Kelly A., McNarry, Melitta A., Mitchelmore, Andrew, Ryan-Stewart, Helen, Saynor, Zoe, Schaumberg, Mia, Spiegelhalter, Emily, Stone, Keeron J ORCID: 0000-0001-6572-7874 and Lambrick, Danielle M (2022) Physical activity, mental health and wellbeing of adults within and during the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (3). Art 1792. doi:10.3390/ijerph19031792

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Physical activity (PA) participation was substantially reduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between PA, mental health, and wellbeing during and following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom (UK) and New Zealand (NZ). In this study, 3363 adults completed online surveys within 2–6 weeks of initial COVID-19 restrictions (April/May 2020) and once restrictions to human movement had been eased. Outcome measures included the International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short-Form, Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale-9 (mental health) andWorld Health Organisation-5Wellbeing Index. There were no differences in PA, mental health or wellbeing between timepoints (p > 0.05). Individuals engaging in moderate or high volume of PA had significantly better mental health (

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coronavirus disease; Pandemic; Lifestyle behaviour change; Exercise; Depression; Lockdown
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Rhiannon Goodland
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2022 16:14
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:07

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