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Being Active during the Lockdown: The Recovery Potential of Physical Activity for Well-Being

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School of Human Movement & Sport Sciences, University of Grenoble Alpes, SENS, F-38000 Grenoble, France
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School of Political Sciences, University of Grenoble Alpes, PACTE, F-38000 Grenoble, France
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Laboratoire Motricité, Interactions, Performance, MIP—EA4334, Le Mans Université, 72085 Le Mans, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1707; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041707
Received: 14 January 2021 / Revised: 6 February 2021 / Accepted: 8 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Exercise and Health)
To examine the indirect relationships between physical activity, and well-being (i.e., need satisfaction, subjective vitality, and stress) of individuals, through recovery experiences (i.e., detachment from lockdown, relaxation, mastery, and control over leisure time) during the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Methods. 405 participants answered an online survey including questions on physical activity, recovery experiences, subjective vitality, perceived stress, and basic psychological needs satisfaction. Structural equation modeling tested a full-mediated model in which physical activity predicted recovery experience, which in turn predicted well-being. Results. Physical activity was positively related to a latent variable representing recovery experiences, which in turn was positively related to a latent variable representing well-being. Conclusions. Physical activity carried out regularly during the COVID-19 lockdown positively predicted well-being through recovery experiences. The study results highlight the importance of maintaining or increasing physical activity during periods when recovery experiences and well-being may be threatened. View Full-Text
Keywords: well-being; COVID-19 lockdown; need satisfaction; physical activity; recovery; perceived stress; subjective vitality well-being; COVID-19 lockdown; need satisfaction; physical activity; recovery; perceived stress; subjective vitality
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Ginoux, C.; Isoard-Gautheur, S.; Teran-Escobar, C.; Forestier, C.; Chalabaev, A.; Clavel, A.; Sarrazin, P. Being Active during the Lockdown: The Recovery Potential of Physical Activity for Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041707

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Ginoux C, Isoard-Gautheur S, Teran-Escobar C, Forestier C, Chalabaev A, Clavel A, Sarrazin P. Being Active during the Lockdown: The Recovery Potential of Physical Activity for Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041707

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Ginoux, Clément; Isoard-Gautheur, Sandrine; Teran-Escobar, Claudia; Forestier, Cyril; Chalabaev, Aïna; Clavel, Anna; Sarrazin, Philippe. 2021. "Being Active during the Lockdown: The Recovery Potential of Physical Activity for Well-Being" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 4: 1707. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041707

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