Balancing Life Survey 2020: How Active Have You Been in Lockdown?

How have the circumstances around Covid-19 impacted your physical activity and well-being levels?

We invite you to complete our annual Balancing Life survey, which we use to gain insight into the physical activity levels and well-being of our staff and students. We appreciate that this year, things are quite different and that many of our lives have changed significantly over the past couple of months due to Covid-19. Staying safe and well and looking after our physical and mental health now feels more important than ever.

With gyms and leisure centres currently closed and more of an emphasis on exercising at home or outdoors, we are interested to know how the circumstances around Covid-19, including social distancing measures and a period of being told to ‘stay home’, have impacted upon your habits and attitudes towards physical activity; as well as the overall well-being of our staff and students. We are also interested to explore how these changes, if any, may predict future behaviours around physical activity and whether people are eager to return to the gym or play their team sport; or are happy with their new routines.

Many people find that being physically active benefits their mental health, which is why we have included questions around both in our survey to understand correlations between the two. We are also keen to gain insight into other lifestyle factors such as sleep, nutrition and alcohol consumption to give us a holistic understanding of the health and well-being of our staff and students.

The survey also provides staff and students with the opportunity to give feedback and have their say on what else the university could do to help their physical and mental health, which ultimately helps shape future initiatives from the Sport & Physical Activity Service. We are always keen to hear the ideas of our university community, and this feels particularly important whilst we are adapting our approach in response to Covid-19.

The survey will be running until 7 June 2020, it should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.