The Relationship between Physical Activity and Mental Health in a Sample of the UK Public: A Cross-Sectional Study During the Implementation of COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures

Jacob, Louis and Tully, Mark A. and Barnett, Yvonne A. and López Sánchez, Guillermo F. and Butler, Laurie T. and Schuch, Felipe B. and López-Bueno, Rubén and McDermott, Daragh T. and Firth, Joseph and Grabovac, Igor and Yakkundi, Anita and Armstrong, Nicola and Young, Timothy and Smith, Lee (2020) The Relationship between Physical Activity and Mental Health in a Sample of the UK Public: A Cross-Sectional Study During the Implementation of COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 19. p. 100345. ISSN 1878-0199

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the present study was to investigate the cross-sectional association between physical activity levels with depressive symptoms, anxiety symptoms, and positive mental well-being in a sample of the UK public social distancing owing to COVID-19. Method: This paper presents pre-planned interim analyses of data from a cross-sectional epidemiological study. Levels of physical activity during COVID-I9 social distancing were self-reported. Mental health was measured using the Beck Anxiety and Depression Inventory. Mental wellbeing was measured using The Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale. Participants also reported on sociodemographic and clinical data. The association between physical activity and mental health was studied using regression models. Results: 902 adults were included in this study (63.8% of women and 50.1% of people aged 35–64 years). After adjusting for covariates, there was a negative association between moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day in hours and poor mental health (OR = 0.88, 95% CI = 0.80–0.97). Similar findings were obtained for moderate-to-severe anxiety symptoms, moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms and poor mental wellbeing. Conclusions: In the present sample of UK adults social distancing owing to COVID-19 those who were physically active have better overall mental health. Owing, to the cross-sectional design of the present study the direction of the association cannot be inferred.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mental Health, Physical Activity, COVID-19, SARS-COV-2, Social Distancing
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
COVID-19 Research Collection
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 11:34
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/705674

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