Growth anticipated in put up pandemic health


The Covid-19 pandemic could lead to an increase in fitness enthusiasts, according to our new survey. As part of our MyMarathon campaign, which invites participants to complete a marathon distance (26.2 miles) in June, we looked at the UK’s training habits in depth.

The numbers show that two-thirds (64%) of respondents say exercise is a priority for improving their physical and mental health after the coronavirus – a 6 percent increase from before the pandemic.

Our survey also shows that 29 percent of respondents expect their physical health to improve when the lockdown is removed and 28 percent expect their mental health to benefit.

The good intentions come at an important time. One in three (31%) said the pandemic made their fitness worse. Of those, 61 percent say this was because they stayed indoors more and 43 percent say they were less motivated to exercise during the pandemic.

For others, the months-long lockdown has had the opposite effect. One in five (20%) respondents say they are now fitter than they were before the pandemic. More more than a third (37%) of those who exercise say they exercise more often, albeit in shorter bursts.

With the UK opening up, we are calling on the nation to take small steps in June to improve their heart health by taking on our MyMarathon challenge.

It’s no secret that running is good for your heart 68% of respondents already consider their heart health to be a reason for exercise.

Regina Giblin, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “It is promising to see more and more people prioritize the physical and mental benefits of exercise as we emerge from the pandemic. A year of lockdown affected us all in different ways. For some, it has given us time to make healthy lifestyle changes, while for others, it understandably makes things more difficult. Regardless of your situation, unblocking is the perfect opportunity to build on the healthy habits you have already adopted or to change the unhealthy habits you may have picked up. “

R.Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 35%. Run regularly can make your heart muscle stronger and more efficient, which means it takes less energy to beat and more blood can be pumped around your body at a lower heart rate or pulse. Therefore, running can help reduce your risk of heart disease and help both your body and your mind.

MyMarathon is the ideal challenge for beginners and beginners alike to improve their own health while raising money for BHF’s life-saving research. ”

There are currently 7.6 million people in the UK with heart and circulatory diseases. We fund medical breakthroughs in these diseases, which unfortunately kill one in four people in the UK.

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