Restrictercise! Preferences regarding digital home training programs during confinements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Confinement measures during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused substantial reductions in global physical activity (PA) levels. In view of the manifold health benefits of PA, the development of interventions counteracting this trend is paramount. Our survey with 15,261 participants (38 ± 15 years, 58.5% females) examined preferences towards digital home exercise programs in 14 countries affected by COVID-19. More than two-thirds of the sample (68.4%, n = 10,433) indicated being interested in home exercise, and most participants were willing to work out at least three times per week (89.3%, n = 9328). Binary logistic regression revealed that female sex, working part-time, younger age, and being registered in a gym were associated with willingness to exercise. Flexibility (71.1%, n = 7377), resistance (68.6%, n = 7116), and endurance training (62.4%, n = 6478) were the most preferred types of exercise. Our results may guide health providers in developing individually tailored PA interventions during the current and future pandemics.

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Author:Jan WilkeORCiDGND, Lisa MohrORCiD, Adam S. TenfordeORCiD, Pascal EdouardORCiD, Chiara FossatiORCiD, Marcela González-GrossORCiD, Celso Sanchez RamirezORCiD, Fernando LaiñoORCiD, Benedict TanORCiD, Julian David PillayORCiD, Fabio PigozziORCiD, David Jimenez-PavonORCiD, Bernhard NovakORCiD, David Url, Mandy Zhang, Mireille van PoppelORCiD, Christoph HeidtORCiD, Steffen WillwacherORCiDGND, Lutz VogtGND, Evert VerhagenORCiD, Karsten Peter HollanderORCiDGND, Luiz HespanholORCiD, Gustavo YukiORCiD
Parent Title (German):International journal of environmental research and public health
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/09/07
Date of first Publication:2020/09/07
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/10/29
Tag:COVID-19; coronavirus; e-Health; physical activity; telemedicine
Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0