Headline, October 19 2020/ STUDENTS : ''' '' EXERCISING -HABITS- EXCELSIOR '' '''




THE PANDEMIC LOCKDOWNS AND OTHER CONTAINMENT measures during the past six months and counting have altered almost every aspect of our lives, affecting our work, family, education, moods expectations, social interactions and health.

Are you exercising more or less since the coronavirus pandemic began? According to a one study that focused on physical activity in the United Kingdom, most of us - not surprisingly - have been less physically active since the pandemic and its waves of lockdowns and quarantines began.

Some people/students, however, seem to be exercising as much or more than before, and surprisingly, a hefty percentage of those extra-active able people are older than 65. 

The findings have not yet been peer reviewed, but they add in a mounting body of evidence from around the globe that the coronavirus is remaking the ways we move, although not necessarily as we might have anticipated.

None of us should be surprised, then, to learn that the pandemic seems also to be transforming whether, when and how we exercise. The nature of those changes, though, remains rather muddled and mutable, according to a number of recent studies. 

In one, researchers report that during that first few weeks after pandemic-related lockdowns began in the United States and other nations, Google searches related to the word ''exercise'' spiked and remained elevated for months.

And many people seem to have been using the information they gained from those searches by exercising more. An online-survey in 139 countries by RunRepeat, a company that reviews running shoes, found that a majority of people who exercised before the health-crisis began imported exercising more often in the early weeks after it began.

A separate survey of almost 1,500 old Japanese adults found that most said they had been quite inactive in the early weeks of lockdown, but by June, they were walking and exercising as much as ever.

A gloomier June Study, however, using anonymized data from more than 450,000 users of a  smartphone step-counting app, concluded that around the world, steps declined substantially after lockdowns began. 

Average daily steps declined by about 5.5 percent during the first 10 days of a nation's pandemic lockdown and by about 27 percent by the end of the first month.

But most of these studies and surveys related on people's recalling  their exercise habits, which can be unreliable, or looked at aggregate results, without digging into differences by age, socioeconomic group, gender and other factors, which might turn up telling variations to how people's exercise habits might have changed.

So, for the new study, which has been posted at a biology preprint site awaiting peer-review, researchers at University College London turned to data from a free, activity tracking smartphone app available in the United Kingdom and some other nations.

The app uses GPS and similar technologies to track how many minutes people had spend walking, running or cycling, and allows users to accumulate exercise points that can be used for monetary or other rewards.

[One of the study's authors works for the app maker but the company did not provide input into the results or analysis of the research, according to study's other authors.]

The researchers gathered anonymized data from 5,395 app-users living in the United Kingdom who ranged in age from adolescent to older adults. All of them had been using the app since at least January 2020, before the pandemic had spread to that country.

The researchers used data from the app on users birth dates and ZIP codes to divide people by age and locale to learn how much they exercise in January.

Then they began comparing, first with early days social-distancing restrictions in various parts of the United Kingdom, then with the stricter lockdowns that followed and finally, with the dates in midsummer when most lockdowns in that country eased.

The Honor and Serving of Latest Global Operational Research on Pandemic, Habits and Exercising, continues The World Students Society thanks author Gretechen Reynolds.

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