How did the COVID-19 confinement period affect our physical activity level and sedentary behaviors? Methodology and first results from the French national ONAPS survey

Pauline Manon Genin*, Céline Lambert, Benjamin Larras, Bruno Pereira, Jean François Toussaint, Julien BAKER, Angelo Tremblay, David Thivel, Martine Duclos

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: The French National Observatory for Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors conducted a national survey aiming to evaluate the potential effects of confinement on the population’s physical activity levels and sedentary behaviors. Methods: In close collaboration with the French Ministry of Sports and a selected expert committee, 3 different questionnaires investigating 3 subgroup populations were included in the survey: (1) children, (2) adolescents, and (3) adults. Results: Forty-two percentage of children, 58.7% of adolescents, 36.4% of adults, and 39.2% of older people had reduced physical activity levels. Particularly, active transportation and endurance practices showed a significant decrease, while domestic, muscular strengthening, and flexibility activities increased. Sitting time and screen time increased, respectively, in 36.3% and 62.0% of children, 25.5% and 69.0% in adolescents, 24.6% and 41.0% in adults, and 36.1% and 32.1% in seniors. Conclusion: The COVID-19 confinement period led to important modifications in individual movement behaviors at all ages, particularly favoring decreased physical activity and increased sedentariness. These findings suggest that the authors need to inform and encourage people to maintain and improve their physical activities and to change their sedentary time habits during postconfinement and during the period of a potential future lockdown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)296-303
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

User-Defined Keywords

  • Habits
  • Lockdown
  • Pandemic
  • Public health

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'How did the COVID-19 confinement period affect our physical activity level and sedentary behaviors? Methodology and first results from the French national ONAPS survey'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this