COVID-19 pandemic brings a sedentary lifestyle in young adults: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study

Chen ZHENG, Wendy Yajun HUANG, Sinead SHERIDAN, Cindy Hui-Ping SIT, Xiang-Ke CHEN, Stephen Heung-Sang WONG

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose profound challenges to society. Its spread has been mitigated through strategies including social distancing; however, this may result in the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle. This study aimed to investigate: 1) physical activity (PA) levels, sedentary behavior (SB), and sleep in young adults during the COVID-19 epidemic, and 2) the change in these behaviors before and during the pandemic. A total of 631 young adults (38.8% males) aged between 18 and 35 participated in the cross-sectional study and completed a one-off online survey relating to general information, PA, SB, and sleep. For the longitudinal study, PA, SB, and sleep data, obtained from 70 participants before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, were analyzed. Participants engaged in low PA, high SB, and long sleep duration during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, a significant decline in PA while an increase in time spent in both SB and sleep was observed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The results of this study demonstrated a sedentary lifestyle in young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will assist health policymakers and practitioners in the development of population specific health education and behavior interventions during this pandemic and for other future events. Copyright © 2020 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6035
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume17
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Citation

Zheng, C., Huang, W. Y., Sheridan, S., Sit, C. H.-P., Chen, X.-K., & Wong, S. H.-S. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic brings a sedentary lifestyle in young adults: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(17), Article 6035. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176035

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Sleep
  • Young adults

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