Between staying home, gym closures and other pandemic-related factors, Americans have gotten fatter in 2020 – and they’re ready for a change in 2021, according to a new survey.
The survey by healthy lifestyle brand Life Time, found that most respondents reported weight gain, muscle loss and mental health struggles this year, according to a news release. Current and former Life Time members across the country were surveyed to determine trends and habits in health and wellness.
Despite – or perhaps because of – the struggles of 2020, an overwhelming portion of respondents are motivated to regain their health and fitness in 2021, according to the survey.
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Survey results point to the COVID-19 pandemic as a negative factor in health and fitness habits. Nearly 70% of respondents said their personal health was negatively impacted this year. Top reasons include:
- Overall stress from the pandemic (44.5%)
- Gym closures (31.8%)
- Less motivation to exercise while working from home (15.2%)
- Struggle to find motivation to work out at home (70.5%)
In addition, 86% said they miss their workout community, and 76% said they believe gyms and health clubs are essential businesses that should remain open, according to the survey.
As 2020 wraps up, many people who struggled with health and fitness are ready to get back in gear in 2021. 80.5% of respondents said they’re inspired to make a health goal for 2021. Here’s a breakdown of the goals:
- Focus on weight loss (34.2%)
- Focus on building muscle (22%)
- Focus on mental health (12.5%)
The survey polled more than 1,200 participants, from age 18 to over 70, on health and fitness topics from what makes them feel healthy, happy and stressed, to their preferred workout styles and activities.
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