Impact on habitual crossfit participant's exercise behavior, health, and well-being: A cross-sectional survey of UK COVID-19 lockdowns

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Redwood-Brown, A., Wilson, J. and Felton, P. 2023. Impact on habitual crossfit participant's exercise behavior, health, and well-being: A cross-sectional survey of UK COVID-19 lockdowns. Health Science Reports. 6 (3), pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.1140
AuthorsRedwood-Brown, A., Wilson, J. and Felton, P.
Abstract

Background and Aims
The period between March 2020 and March 2021 saw an unprecedented change to everyday life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the closure of businesses in the health and fitness sector. Such closures impacted people in several ways; increasing stress, reducing mental well-being, and decreasing motivation to exercise. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of UK lockdowns on the behavior, motives, and general health & well-being of CrossFit™ gym members in the United Kingdom.

Methods
A cross-sectional study was conducted on 757 CrossFit™ participants (height 1.71 ± 0.10 m; weight 76.4 ± 16.1 kg; body mass index [BMI]: 26.1 ± 4.7 kg/m²) using an online survey, which included questions pertaining to COVID-19, lockdown behaviors, motivation, health, and well-being. Participants also reported on their training background and exercise habits during lockdown restrictions.

Results
Differences were observed in levels of exercise (p = 0.004), motivation to train at home (p < 0.001), and the feeling of being more stressed during the second lockdown compared with the first lockdown (p = 0.008). It was also highlighted that motivation to exercise was lower and stress levels significantly higher, in the 18–24 and 25–34 age groups compared with older ages groups.

Conclusion
This study found that exercise behavior, motivation, and stress levels were significantly impacted by the second government-imposed lockdown. It is argued that these factors need to be addressed in planning for future National lockdowns to maintain the health and well-being of UK residents, especially in younger adults.

Keywordscrossfit; habitual exercise ; Covid-19
Year2023
JournalHealth Science Reports
Journal citation6 (3), pp. 1-11
PublisherWiley
ISSN2398-8835
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.1140
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hsr2.1140
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online28 Feb 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted19 Feb 2023
Deposited22 May 2023
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