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Changes in physical activity during COVID-19 pandemic among Saudi Arabians: Results from a cross-sectional study
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-09, 01:04 authored by H Kobeissi, AM Attia, TA Elgazzar, J Shah, A Bajaber, S Almustanyir, R Alsaeed, RO Khalifa, AY Azzam, S Hafida, S Ghozy, Shariful IslamShariful Islam
Background and Aims: The COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant change in sedentary behaviors have had immense health, economic, and social implications globally. As governments worldwide imposed lockdowns and curfews, the amount of time spent indoors greatly increased. This lead to a dramatic change in physical activity (PA) levels and profound consequences on daily routines. Our study aimed to investigate patterns of PA during the COVID-19 pandemic among adults residing in Saudi Arabia. Methods: This cross-sectional survey-based study aimed to investigate patterns of PA during the COVID-19 pandemic among adults residing in Saudi Arabia. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire was utilized to measure participants' PA levels between April 2021 and May 2021. Participants were then classified into three groups according to their PA level, and their PA levels and sedentary behaviors were analyzed. Results: We surveyed 463 participants, 315 (68%) of which were female and 134 (32%) of which were male with a median age of 23 (interquartile range, 21–35) years. Moderate-to-high PA was reported by 257 (55.7%) of the participants. There was a significant decrease in PA during the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns among the participants (p = 0.04), with higher rates of sedentary behavior among males than females (p = 0.14). Conclusions: The decline in PA is a profound challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic that needs to be addressed by health practitioners and policymakers. Our study highlights the decline in PA levels seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of promotional programs and interventions to increase PA among the Saudi Arabian population without compromising the essential health restrictions and social distancing.
JournalHealth Science Reports
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASECOVID-19General & Internal MedicineLife Sciences & BiomedicineMedicine, General & InternalOBESITYphysical activityPublic, Environmental & Occupational HealthSaudi ArabiaScience & TechnologystrokeTIMECOVID‐19Behavioral and Social SciencePreventionClinical Research3 Good Health and Well Being