|Topic: Physical activity in the reality of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.|
|Understandings: COVID-19 has had a powerful impact on practically all aspects of life, including the physical and psychological well-being of individuals. The restrictions imposed by many counties do not allow for the same amount of training and exercise that many people engaged in before the pandemic.||Essential Questions:How exactly COVID-19 influenced the amount of physical activity that individuals engage in? |
What are the consequences of the change?
How do the restriction regimes imposed by various countries influence the amount of physical activity?
|Research Question: Analyze the effects of COVID-19 on the physical activity of individuals and the influence of restrictions on the amount of exercise.||ROTS: The research is repeatable due to the difference in restrictions posed by different governments. The same type of research could be implemented in other countries as well. The research is observable and testable due to the possibility of interviewing individuals and obtaining statistics.|
|Identify and define your variables: Independent variable (X) – the restrictions imposed by the government of the country. |
Dependent variable (Y) – the amount of physical activity of individuals.
|Develop a working hypothesis: The less the extent of X is the more the extent of Y is. |
If the restrictions suggested by the government are not severe (for instance, gyms and parks are not closed), then the amount of physical activity is close to the pre-pandemic levels.
|Theoretical/empirical basis for your study: |
Maugeri, et al. 2020.
Tison, et al. 2020.
|How will your study fill the gaps found in the literature? |
The study will provide further insights into the correlation between the restrictions and the amount of physical activity.
|How does the literature support or negate your working hypothesis? |
The literature proves the undeniable effects of COVID-19 on the amount of physical activity individuals engage in.
|Significance of the study: Exercises play an essential role in maintaining both the physical and psychological well-being of individuals. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze the impact of the pandemic in this field and come up with efficient countermeasures.|
What surprised you most about your experience reviewing literature?
The lack of sufficient information about the correlation between the governmental restrictions and the amount of exercise.
What do you plan to investigate further?
Investigation of potential recommendations and guidelines concerning physical activity to promote a healthier lifestyle in the reality of pandemic.
Maugeri, G., Castrogiovanni, P., Battaglia, G., Pippi, R., D’Agata, V., Palma, A., Rosa, M. D., & Musumeci, G. (2020). The impact of physical activity on psychological health during Covid-19 pandemic in Italy. Heliyon, 6(6), 1-8.
Tison, G. H., Avram, R., Kuhar, P., Abreau, S., Marcus, G. M., Pletcher, M. J., & Olgin, J. E. (2020). Worldwide Effect of COVID-19 on Physical Activity: A Descriptive Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 173(9), 767-770.