BEHAVIOUR AND THE PERCEPTION OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY DURING THE PERIOD OF MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (MCO) IN MALAYSIA

Syarifah Fathynah Syed Shiekh, Suresh Marathamuthu

Abstract


To curb the spread of Covid-19, governments have introduced social distancing measures with varying degrees of enforcement, ranging from unenforced recommendations to quarantine. Physical activity is an important determinant of health, and it is likely affected by social distancing measures introduced to combat the pandemic. This study presents findings from an online survey examining behaviour and the perception of physical activity and exercise during the period of the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia. A total of 307 respondents (male = 134, female = 173) participated in the survey, which comprised three sections with a total of 33 items. Results indicate that about 80% of the respondents engaged in physical activity and exercise during the MCO period, but male respondents reported a greater impact on their actual physical activity and exercise as compared to female respondents. This study reveals no significant correlation between gender and perception, but it does show a significant correlation between gender and behaviour (p < 0.05) in terms of physical activity and exercise during the MCO period. This study found that both genders have a positive understanding and awareness of the benefits of physical activity and exercise, which are crucial for physical and mental health during the pandemic.

Keywords


behaviour; gender; perception; physical activity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15282/mohe.v10i1.491