EFFECT OF CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC ON WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AMONG THE GYM GOING FEMALES

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Shabia Nazif
Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera
Muhammad Farhan Tabassum
Muhammad Nouman Pervaiz
Saadia Mahmood ul Hassan
Ambreen Zahid

Keywords

Corona Virus, Pandemic, Weight management, Gym

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The COVID-19 pandemic emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and has since exhibited a fast global dissemination, with the initial case being documented in Karachi on February 26, 2020.Consequently, the virus has disseminated to several places across Pakistan, leading to the exacerbation of a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning to Pakistan, expressing concerns about the country's ability to effectively control the outbreak of the coronavirus in the near future. The closure period is associated with a multitude of challenges, including mental health concerns such as sadness, stress, worry, fear, inactivity, and mental lethargy. Additionally, individuals may have disruptions in their sleep patterns, a lack of motivation, difficulties in finding workout partners, changes in their eyesight, a decline in mood, feelings of boredom, and a need for specialized equipment. The aim of this study is to examine the impact of the Corona Virus pandemic on weight control practices among female individuals who regularly attend gyms in Lahore. The research methodology employed in this study is cross-sectional in nature. The research was carried out within the gymnasiums located in Lahore. The data was collected exclusively from female participants. The researchers employed a convenient sampling strategy. The study's sample size consisted of 80 participants. The findings suggest that there is a negligible and weak negative association (r = -.016) between the impact of the coronavirus and weight control in females who regularly attend the gym. Approximately 70% of females demonstrated an understanding of the need of structured physical activity (PA) and actively participated in various exercises. They also acknowledged the positive impact of PA on the physical, social, and mental well-being of women. This study posits that there exists a significant interrelationship between sleeping patterns, eating habits, and weight management, whereby these ideas mutually influence one another when not implemented in a deliberate and strategic manner. This study offers a distinctive perspective on the impact of the pandemic on the weight control practices of female individuals who regularly attend gyms.

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