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Seven in ten adults are motivated to be healthier in 2021, due to COVID-19

Posted: Mon, 01 Feb 2021 09:20

Seven in ten adults are motivated to be healthier in 2021, due to COVID-19

Seven in ten adults say that they are motivated to make healthier lifestyle changes due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a recent survey by Public Health England which consisted of 5000 adults.

The survey ultimately suggested that more and more people are gradually learning to adjust to the changes COVID-19 has brought upon us, and are actively trying to find ways to change their lifestyle habits in order to feel better and maintain healthier lifestyles.

This comes after a previous survey reported the more negative side effects of COVID, including unhealthy snacking (up by 26% from last year) and a drop in daily exercise (down approximately 30% by the end of 2020).

Additional insight

Of course, COVID-19 and the various lockdown restrictions have caused significant challenges for many people, affecting health, lifestyles and wellbeing. Those living with a disability face additional barriers in many areas of life, including being physically active. Those living with a health condition were twice as likely to feel lonely as the overall population. You can read more about the different impacts of Coronavirus in our Insight page here.

Better Health

The survey findings support Public Health England's "Better Health" campaign, which offers some great tools and advice to help people eat more healthily and move more in 2021. Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more, there are several resources to help you.

"2021 is a time to start afresh. Kickstarting a health plan can be daunting but you don't have to do it alone. Resources like the Better Health website and apps can be a huge help, no matter what changes you are looking to make or what stage you are at."

- Dr Dawn Harper

Every Mind Matters

It's important to look after our mental health, as well as our physical health, now more than ever. With the third extended lockdown causing feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness for many people, we could all use a helping hand from time to time. Every Mind Matters provides expert and practical advice on how to help your mental wellbeing. From money concerns to job uncertainty, there are plenty of resources and people to contact if you need guidance.

Additional resources

There are now hundreds of resources available to support you in living a healthier lifestyle, whether that's by improving your mental wellbeing, eating healthier or exercising more. We have resources for those who are vulnerable and living with a health condition, as well as for those who are having a hard time with their mental wellbeing.

On top of this, there are dedicated resources for older people, and for kids who are home schooling during the lockdown.. You can find them all much more on our Get Active section.

Tags: Coronavirus, Healthy Lifestyle, Insight, Public Health, Survey