University of Windsor
The benefits of physical activity (PA) are well known, particularly in relation to physical and mental health, and in times of stress, PA benefits become much more apparent. Given the current work and life sanctions placed upon Canadians with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is estimated that work and life stress may be at an all-time high. Right now, the public health message is clear: Canadians should stay home. Daily schedules have dramatically changed, and priorities may have shifted. At the same time, PA is being widely promoted (via government, media, celebrities, and fitness facilities) as a means to curb boredom, keep sane, get outside, and burn off extra energy; yet government sanctions regarding what people can do outside of their home is ever changing. It is evident that some barriers for PA may have increased, while others decreased, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the objective of this study is to determine how physical activity behaviours may have changed (and will continue to change) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.