Physical activity among undergraduate university students during the pandemic Covid-19

Physical activity among undergraduate university students during the pandemic Covid-19. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 11 (10). pp. 594-604. ISSN 2222-6990 (2021)


During coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Malaysian government adopted Movement Control Order (MCO) to contain the spreading of COVID-19 including physical activity restrictions. The aims of this study were to measure the physical activity during pandemic COVID-19 among undergraduate university students, and to measure the difference between genders. Methods: A total sample of 400 full-time undergraduate university students from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Sarawak Branch were recruited in this study. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form (IPAQ-SF) was used to assess the physical activity. An electronic questionnaire was administered once to students during MCO Phase 3. The Independent Samples T-Test was used to identify the level of physical activity between genders. Results: During MCO the weekly total physical activity MET was 1734.80±1484.94 min/week; with total mean for vigorous, moderate and walking MET of 640.80±897.48, 500.75±728.652 and 593.25±806.01 min/week, respectively. The result of mean indicated that the total physical activity MET for undergraduate students during pandemic COVID-19 MCO (phase 3) was moderate-active (M= 1734.80 min/week). The findings shown that there was no significant difference (p < 0.05) between physical activity and gender (male and female) among undergraduate students during pandemic COVID-19. Conclusions: The physical activity level among undergraduate university students in Malaysia was found moderate-active during pandemic COVID-19 MCO phase 3.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Exercise behaviour, Physical activity, Exercise, Undergraduate, Movement control order, Coronavirus, Lockdown
Taxonomy: By Subject > Sports Science & Recreation > Health & Fitness
By Subject > Sports Science & Recreation > Sports Science
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Sports Science & Recreation
Depositing User: Mohd Fadhli Samsudin
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 23:47
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 08:28
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