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Government-restricted movement during the coronavirus pandemic in various countries around the world has led to rapid and fundamental changes in our health behaviour. As well as being at a higher risk of contracting and being hospitalised with COVID-19, the elderly, those with chronic disease and lower socioeconomic groups are also disproportionately affected by restriction of movement, further widening the physical activity health inequality. In this viewpoint we discuss the physiological sequelae of physical inactivity, and the additional burden of ageing and inflammation. We provide recommendations for public health promotion and interventions to try to mitigate the detrimental effects of physical inactivity and rebalance the health inequality.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/bmjsem-2020-000903

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med

Publication Date

2020

Volume

6

Keywords

Physical activity, Physiology, Public health, Sedentary