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Will The Easing Of Lockdown See Us Wanting To Pursue Health And Fitness Goals Even More

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Last updated on May 25th, 2021 at 11:46 AM

WHILE SOME plan boozy reunions with friends and family, a staggering majority of us are embracing the spirit of a new start as lockdown restrictions ease, by putting in place saintly health and fitness goals as post-pandemic freedoms are given.

According to a survey of 15,946 UK adults carried out by Decathlon as part of the Decathlon Activity Index, 9 out of 10 Brits (90%) have got a fitness or health goal they intend to pursue when covid-19 restrictions ease.

With many having had their exercise routines disrupted by restrictions – including the closures of gyms and the banning of non-professional team sports – more than 1 in 3 (36%) intend to get back into a regular exercising routine. 

Nearly a third (29%) intend to take the opportunity when gyms and leisure facilities reopen by exercising more frequently than they did while restrictions were in place, as 40% admit that they have put on weight since the start of the pandemic and 36% say they don’t feel as fit. 

For 1 in 3 Brits, this was due to them falling out of their normal exercise routines, while the closure of gyms and leisure facilities meant 32% felt unable to exercise at all. 

More than 1 in 3 (35%) intend to lose weight as restrictions ease, with 43% confessing covid-19 has made them realise the importance of their health, while 39% say it is a good opportunity to start afresh and get into good habits.

Nearly 1 in 4 (24%) say they are being motivated by a desire to feel good ahead of an event they have coming up, like a party, night out or wedding.

With home workouts becoming the norm for many Brits throughout the pandemic, nearly half (49%), say they plan to continue with their home workout routines even when restrictions ease. While 28% intend to workout at the gym or leisure centre on their own. 

Nearly a quarter (22%) say they are planning to play organised team sports again as soon as restrictions allow it, while 21% intend on attending a fitness class with other people. 

Looking at the most popular sports Brits plan to participate in as lockdown eases, running (33%), swimming (31%) and fitness or the gym (29%) appeared top of the list. 

The top 10 sports Brits intend to participate in as lockdown eases:

  1. Running (33%)
  2. Swimming (31%)
  3. Fitness / gym (29%)
  4. Cycling (27%)
  5. Football (20%)
  6. Hiking / trekking (18%)
  7. Yoga / pilates (16%)
  8. Tennis / squash / badminton (11%)
  9. Camping (7%)
  10. Fishing (7%)

The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a national survey repeated every month throughout the year. To view the Decathlon Activity Index, visit

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