As we stand one year out from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s much to reflect on. On reflection in particular left us wondering about how, if at all, physical and mental wellbeing played into how people managed stress and remained adaptable amidst taxing circumstances.
The answers we found suggest that, first and foremost, yes – physical activity and mental health equip people to better handle stressful situations, but it goes deeper than that. People’s approach to taking care of themselves inherently changes when new stressors are introduced. Their schedules change, their priorities shift, and the way they move their bodies and work their minds changes, too.
We’ll be taking to the blog each week to break down different elements of our year of Covid-19 report so you can get an idea of what’s inside before you download your free copy.
First up is fitness. Take a look at just a few of the findings that emerged when we dug into the connection between fitness habits and a new way of life.
How fitness changed after the onset of Covid-19
To exercise, and to exercise more
Seemingly overnight, the fitness industry was rocked by Covid-19, and exercises and non-exercisers alike had some thinking to do.
For committed exercisers, the question was “how will I continue moving my body?” For fitness beginners, the question was “how could adopting an exercise routine help me strengthen my body and immune system?”
Findings within our report show an increase in physical activity for both of these segments, with a more significant change amongst those not already exercising regularly. There’s no doubt that fitness comes with its share of health benefits, and the sudden focus on health as a whole solidified that message for groups of varying fitness experience.
New windows of exercise opportunity
In addition to changes in how often people exercise, there was also a tangible impact on when people exercised.
It’s no surprise that work from home schedules and the dropoff of commutes could increase morning workouts, but a new pocket of time for people to fit in fitness opened up amidst all of this – 10am.
7am lends itself to a pre-workday workout with time for a shower, but 10am hits a different kind of sweet spot. 10am workouts are the finished-some-work-taking-a-break workout time, and they’ve emerged on the scene for the first time during the past year.
More on this in our full (free!) report
We’ll be back here on the blog with more looks inside our year of Covid-19 report, but to get the full picture for yourself, including information on mental health, stress management, and more – snag your copy here.
Whether you’re a wellbeing guru or just getting your feet wet, there’s something in there that can help you, validate you, or even inspire a new idea.