Lifestyle-related Factors affecting Physical Inactivity Issues among Filipino Aging Population during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multiple Regression Approach
Authors: Joehanna Ngo, Yoshiki Kurata, Zyra Mae Sicat, Dannah Isabelle Buñas, Jaylord Gutierrez, Pamela Pangilinan, Pamela Ann Mae Pascual
Abstract: In the Philippines, physical inactivity is a significant concern among the elderly population. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most elderly people have stayed inside their residences, limiting to their routine requirements of daily physical activities and prevention in their exposure to the virus. Alcohol consumption and motivation contributes to how elderly population were limited to basic physical activities. This paper aimed to determine the factors affecting less physical inactivity among the ninety-seven Filipino elderly population through multiple regression analysis. Results were gathered through online surveys and showed that alcohol consumption (p-value = 0.015) and motivation (p-value = 0.000) contribute to how elderly population were limited to do basic physical activities. Recommendations include a weekly physical activity guide plan and low-intensity physical activities such as walking and stretching without compromising government restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keywords: Physical Inactivity, Aging Population, Ergonomics, COVID-19 Pandemic, Multiple Regression
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