The main aim of this research was to determine the relationship between childhood lifestyle habits and the level of physical activity of students during the COVID 19 pandemic. For that purpose, the research included 85 respondents (58 women and 27 men) aged between 15 and 27 years (20.85±2.77). Respondents were students of the 4 faculties from of the University of Sarajevo. Information’s about the sample, lifestyle habits and level of physical activity were collected using a modified version of the short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. The results indicate that 62.4% of respondents were involved in sports during the childhood, 28.2% had regular physical activity, while 9.4% were physically inactive. Analysis of differences by gender indicates that men were more physically active in childhood 96.3% compared to 87.9% of women. It was interesting to note that 92.6% of men were involved in organized physical activity through competitive sports in their childhood, while the number for women is significantly lower and amounts to 48.3%. According to this, the correlation analysis found that there is a statistically significant relationship (p=.017) between lifestyle habits that are reflected in playing sports in childhood and the frequency of practicing targeted forms of physical activity in the last 7 days. Based on the obtained results, it can be concluded that a significant number of students do not have a level of physical activity that is in accordance with the general recommendations which are necessary to preserve health.
Keywords: health, leisure activity, lifestyle, pandemic