A recent survey polled 2,000 U.S. adults to see how they’re staying active as their routines and lifestyles have undergone a drastic change over the past two years.
73% are eager to increase their physical activity and to change their habits, with 70% making more of an effort to move more, compared to when the pandemic began.
Whether due to working from home or lack of motivation, 42% said they struggle to stay physically active during the day.
Yet the survey found that people are renewing their commitment to an active lifestyle through activities like stretching at home (43%), at-home workouts (38%) and taking mental health walks (31%).
But people are also getting active in new ways, with 81 percent saying that exercising puts them in a better mood. Over half want to exercise more with their family, as well as be a good influence on their children.
Conducted by OnePoll, the survey shows that people are trying a number of tricks or “shortcuts” to sneak in movement throughout the day, such as walking around the house when on the phone (54%) and doing exercises such as crunches and squats while watching TV (42%).
Engaging in movement that brings joy—such as gardening, swimming, dancing, or bike riding—is one way to try to incorporate more exercise—but many are thinking outside of the box.
“There are tons of ways you can get creative to get up and move,” said Rishi Mulgund, Brand Director of Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel, which sponsored the study.
MOST UNIQUE WAYS PEOPLE HAVE INCREASED THEIR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
“I go bowling several times a week.”
“I carry my grandkids on my back.”
“I ride my bicycle to work about once a week instead of driving. About 2 miles each way.”
“I do squats while on the phone.”
“I use a trampoline.”
“I use a hula hoop.”
“Doing exercises while watching Netflix.”
“I do steps using a step stool whenever I’m heating things in the microwave.”
“Every time I eat something, I jog around my kitchen island for 5 minutes.”
“I march while brushing my teeth.”
“I play Wii Sports Resort.”
“I play with five dogs daily multiple times a day then I do stair reps.”
“When I’m doing housework I try to do as much as physically possible.”