The influence of COVID-19 measures in the United Kingdom on physical activity levels, perceived physical function and mood in older adults: A survey-based observational study

Richardson, Darren L., Duncan, Michael J., Clarke, Neil D., Myers, Tony D. and Tallis, Jason (2020) The influence of COVID-19 measures in the United Kingdom on physical activity levels, perceived physical function and mood in older adults: A survey-based observational study. Journal of Sports Sciences. pp. 1-13. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

In early 2020, the spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) prompted the government in the United Kingdom to introduce self-isolation and social distancing measures to reduce its transmission. By doing so, opportunities for physical activity were likely reduced, potentially causing detrimental effects to older adults. Therefore, the present study investigated the influence of the initial six weeks of lockdown on physical activity levels, perceived physical function and mood in older adults. A cross-sectional, mixed-methods, observational study was conducted using self-administered, fortnightly online surveys throughout the UK between 21st March–4th May 2020. A total of 117 participants (52 males [age: 76±4 years] and 65 females [age: 76±4 years]) completed all surveys. Highly active older adults (n=58) maintained their activity levels, while those with low (n=7)/ moderate activity (n=52) levels increased their physical activity during lockdown (ps=99.85%). Subsequently, perception of physical function was maintained across lockdown. Although, the aspect of mood; depression increased for both sexes during lockdown (ps=95.90%;>0.3 AU), there was a weak relationship between mood subscales and physical activity. Despite the maintenance/ increase in PA of our sample, depression continued to increase over the course of lockdown.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the Author’s Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Science and Journal of Sports Sciences on 26/11/2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2020.1850984.
Divisions: Faculty of of Arts, Society and Professional Studies > Department of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Ms Hazel Barham
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 17:50
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 17:50
URI: https://newman.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17297

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