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)
Pages (from-to)1157-1164
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Public Health (Germany)
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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