Lifestyle A nation of couch potatoes

A nation of couch potatoes

We don’t move enough in the best of times, and researchers are concerned that being more home-bound during the COVID-19 pandemic is going cost  our health big time.

Only 15 per cent of Australians met the minimum recommended level of physical activity before the pandemic, with huge ramifications for our health and productivity.

Now, with pandemic precautions changing the way we live and work, a team of researchers from The University of Notre Dame Australia and La Trobe University are examining the impact on our health, sleep and wellbeing.

The research team, led by La Trobe’s Dr Jayden Hunter, will use an online survey to chart the exercise patterns of people in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are surveying participants now and will repeat the process in six months at a time that will, hopefully, coincide with eased COVID-19 restrictions and the restoration of usual work behaviours,” he said.

“This will allow us to further investigate the link between physical activity and the productivity of workers during and after COVID-19, and identify key barriers and facilitators to exercise.”

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