New research from Audley Chalfont Dene, a retirement centre based in Chalfont St Peter, has found that three in ten people have taken up a new fitness or wellness activity since the start of the pandemic.
The most common activities include walking outside more, healthy eating, baking or cooking, online workout classes, learning a new skill and outdoor workouts.
Over 55s chose to walk outside more than those under 55 (63 per cent), a third have also taken part in healthy eating (35 per cent) and an eighth (16 per cent) have started online workout classes.
Paul Morgan, managing director at Audley Villages, said: “With people being told to stay at home over the last year, it’s been easy to lose motivation.
“Without the usual daily routine, regular supermarket trips and social visits, it may seem like there is no reason to get out and about. However, being active is integral for both your physical and mental health and the power of exercise should never be underestimated.
“It is, therefore, brilliant to see more people engaging in fitness and wellness activities as now more than ever we need to be kind to ourselves and look after our bodies.
“Lockdown hasn’t stopped our Audley property owners who want to learn about wellness and keep active during the pandemic. They’ve been taking part in everything from regular virtual workout classes to chef masterclasses and the 810 mile Audley trek challenge. There’s no stopping them!”
The benefits experienced from these new activities include better mental wellbeing (39 per cent), better health generally (38 per cent), overall sense of enjoyment (32 per cent) and weight loss (25 per cent).
Overall, 91 per cent say they have experienced health benefits.
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