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

Abstract : 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.
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Clément Ginoux, Sandrine Isoard-Gautheur, Claudia Teran-Escobar, Cyril Forestier, Aïna Chalabaev, et al.. Being Active during the Lockdown: The Recovery Potential of Physical Activity for Well-Being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI, 2021, 18 (4), pp.1707. ⟨10.3390/ijerph18041707⟩. ⟨hal-03139483⟩

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