Strange Days: Adult Physical Activity and Mental Health in the First Two Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In addition to its physical health benefits, physical activity is increasingly recognized as a means to support mental health. Population levels of physical activity have further declined since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of public health measures (e.g., shelter-in-place protocols). The potential impact of this decline on mental heath outcomes warrants ongoing investigation.

This paper investigates associations between changes in MVPA and mental health (depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and life satisfaction) in adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the Population Physical Activity Lab at the School, the paper is by KIN postdoctoral researchers M Gierc, N Riazi , G. Faulkner, Katie M. Di Sebastiano, Mahabhir Kandola, Carly S. Priebe, Katie A. Weatherson, Kelly B. Wunderlich.

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