Journal article

Physical Distancing Measures and Walking Activity in Middle-aged and Older Residents in Changsha, China, During the COVID-19 Epidemic Period: Longitudinal Observational Study

Yilun Wang, Yuqing Zhang, Kim Bennell, Daniel Kenta White, Jie Wei, Ziying Wu, Hongyi He, Shaohui Liu, Xianghang Luo, Shuo Hu, Chao Zeng, Guanghua Lei

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physical distancing measures taken to contain COVID-19 transmission may substantially reduce physical activity levels and cause individuals to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine if there was any change in daily steps, an important component of daily physical activity, and examine risk factors for frequent low daily steps during the COVID-19 epidemic. METHODS: We used data collected from the Step Study, a population-based longitudinal study of walking activity among residents aged ≥40 years in Changsha, China. Daily steps were collected via a smartphone linked to WeChat, a social networking platform. We plotted mean daily steps..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by National Key Research and Development Project


Awarded by Key Research and Development Program of Hunan Province


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81772413, 81702207, 81702206, 81930071), the National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship, the National Key Research and Development Project (2018YFB1105705), and the Key Research and Development Program of Hunan Province (2018SK2070, 2018SK2071). No funding bodies had any role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.