Impact of COVID-19 on the exercise habits of Pennsylvania residents and their families

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Abstract

Aim: This study investigated how COVID-19 impacted the physical activity and sports participation of Pennsylvania residents and their children. Subject and methods: Data were collected through an online survey of 525 Pennsylvania residents with a child between the ages of 3 and 17. Data were collected in October 2020. Results: Nearly a third of respondents reported a decrease in their physical activity. Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanics to report a decrease in their physical activity. Older children were more likely to have a decrease in physical activity. Children in homes with more children present were less likely to see such a decline. Men were more likely than women to see COVID-19 as a barrier to physical activity for themselves and their child. Conclusions: The results of this study underscore the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health as a nation. Exercise, in all forms, plays a key role in overall health, weight, and disease resistance. It remains unclear how declines in physical activity might persist over time, and among whom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Health (Germany)
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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