THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 LOCKDOWN ON THE LEVEL AND INTENSITY OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ON ROMANIAN YOUNG ADULTS

  • Cătălina Liliana ANDREI “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania
  • Andreea CATANĂ “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania
  • Andreea MIRICĂ University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ionela Roxana PETCU University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  • Andreea Letiția ARSENE “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania
  • D.F. CIOLAN “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest, Romania

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lifestyle of billions of citizens and within this context, the measures of social distancing are prone to bring worrying shifts in physical activity habits. The present research aims to evaluate the changes in sport and physical activity among Romanian young adults. Material and methods: The sample includes 417 respondents (most of the interviewees being around 20 years of age) which filled the questionnaire between 5 to 11 March 2021 through an internet application. Our analysis evaluated the frequency and duration of physical activity and how it changed during the lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. Results: The results show that most of the respondents no longer perform any other physical activity except for walking, within the three studied time frames, with a slight increase during the state of emergency. There are no significant differences between sex and area of residency. The regression model revealed that a higher variation of the average frequency of physical activity after the state of emergency is explained by the model. Conclusions: Our study revealed that the average frequencies of physical activities before, during, and after the state of emergency are moderately correlated.

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