Physical Activity Level, Wellbeing and Promotion of Physical Activity and Sport among International Students during COVID-19 in China


The purpose of the study is to collect data on the physical activity level (PAL) and promotion of physical activity among international students enrolled universities in China. An online survey of international students in China was conducted from January to March 2022. There were 360 students in all (males 195 and females 165; ages 20 to 33). The International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) questionnaire was used to assess the student’s physical activity. SPSS20 was used to analyze the data. According to IPAQ data and WHO-recommended exercise guideline during the COVID-19 lockdown. The findings reveal a significant proportion of international students studying in China had an inadequate (PAL), 57.5% and 42.5% of male and female individuals, respectively. Region-wise, approximately 60% of South Asian students were identified as being physically active participants. On contrary, insufficient physical activity was reported by 55.5% of total Central Asian students, 49.9% of African students, and 45.3% of European students surveyed. Surprisingly, the physical activity percentage of males was higher compared to females, at around 64.8% and 34.2%, respectively. The physical activity level of international students was insufficient, affected by distinct factors including COVID-19 restrictions, smart lockdown, and lack of awareness of PA. Regardless of nationality, male students in China showed a high level of energy expenditure. The study’s results emphasize the need to focus on international students and facilitate the promotion of physical activity and sports activity.


Nadeem Roy
PhD Student, School of Physical Education, Shanxi University, China, Shanxi, China

Moazzam Tanveer
Student, PhD, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China


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Poster Session


Sport and Health


Physical activity level, International students, PA and sport Promotion

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