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". . . Exercise opportunities became very important": Scottish older adults' changes in physical activity during Covid19'

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Tomaz SA, Ryde GC, Swales B, Neely KC, Andreis F, Coffee P, Connelly J, Kirkland A, McCabe L, Watchman K, Martin JG, Pina I & Whittaker AC (2022) ". . . Exercise opportunities became very important": Scottish older adults' changes in physical activity during Covid19'. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 19, Art. No.: 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-022-00295-z

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Background The purpose of this study was to explore perceived changes in physical activity (PA) due to Covid19 stay-at-home and social distancing guidance among older adults. Methods Participants (n = 1429, 77% female, 84% ≥60 years) living in Scotland completed an online survey in Summer 2020 measuring PA and wellbeing (indexed through loneliness, and health-related quality of life). The survey included open- and closed-ended questions about how these variables changed in response to Covid19 social distancing and ‘shielding’ guidelines. Results From the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), the majority reported high volumes of PA, indicative of being ‘moderately’ or ‘highly’ active. When asked specifically about strength training, 12% reported engagement on ≥2d/wk. Most participants reported that PA had changed during this time, citing reduced use of exercise facilities, increased active travel, and online PA classes; although only 16% reported engaging in PA online. Conclusions Higher levels of PA were found to be associated with better health-related quality of life. Additional efforts should be made to support PA engagement in older adults, including strength training and other tailored approaches to support individual needs.

Keywords
Exercise; Walking; Sedentary; Copula model; GAM; Qualitative

Journal
European Review of Aging and Physical Activity: Volume 19

StatusPublished
FundersCSO Chief Scientist Office
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online31/07/2022
Date accepted by journal02/06/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34510
ISSN1813-7253
eISSN1861-6909

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Dr Jenni Connelly
Dr Jenni Connelly

Lecturer, Sport

Dr Andrew Kirkland
Dr Andrew Kirkland

Lecturer, Sport

Mr Jack Martin
Mr Jack Martin

Research Fellow, Institute for Social Marketing

Professor Louise McCabe
Professor Louise McCabe

Professor, Dementia and Ageing

Dr Kacey Neely
Dr Kacey Neely

Lecturer, Sport

Ms Bridgitte Swales
Ms Bridgitte Swales

Lecturer, Sport

Dr Simone Tomaz
Dr Simone Tomaz

Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Sport

Professor Karen Watchman
Professor Karen Watchman

Professor, Health Sciences Stirling

Professor Anna Whittaker
Professor Anna Whittaker

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Sport

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