Time and belief in exercise importance predict increased activity during initial COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Forde C, Wyse J. Barrett EM, Time and belief in exercise importance predict increased activity during initial COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, Health Promotion International, 2021
The aim of this work was to investigate physical activity levels and the associated barriers and facilitators to physical activity in Irish adults during initial COVID-19 restrictions. Members of the general population completed an online questionnaire. Responses from 1274 participants (1274/1568, 81% completion rate) indicated that the majority (46.1%, n = 587) of people were more active than usual during the restrictions, however, 28.6% (n = 365) reported being less active. Fifty-five percent (55.3%, n = 702) of participants were meeting public health physical activity guidelines and more than half (53.3%, n = 679) reported finding new ways to be active. Walking (86%, n = 1101), physical activity in the home (47%, n = 593) and online resources (38%, n = 483) were the most frequently reported types of physical activity people engaged in. Having more time to be physically active [OR 2.326 (SD 1.948–2.794)] and a greater belief in the importance of physical activity [OR 1.192 (SD 1.001–1.444)] were predictive of exercising more than usual. Being unable to access their usual means of exercise [OR 1.612 (SD 1.369–1.902)], advised not to go outside the home [OR 1.402 (SD 1.165–1.698)] and working more than usual [OR 1.201 (SD 1.013–1.443)] were predictive of exercising less than usual. There was a positive trend in physical activity engagement by Irish adults during initial COVID-19 restrictions, likely influenced by increased time, belief that exercise was important and increased use of home-based and online exercise resources. However, almost one in three people reported being less active than usual, highlighting the need for targeted support during restriction periods.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Health Promotion International
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