Lockdown brings massive change in UK exercise habits with new ways to keep fit

Lockdown Britons have been forced to try out new ways to keep fit during the coronavirus with massive changes in exercise habits.

A new survey, conducted by Huawei to mark the launch of the Watch Fit smart watch, has shown a quarter of people have tried a new sport in 2020, with many attempting more unusual activities, such as hula-hooping, trail running and wild swimming.

Some 35 per cent said they had tried it because they were unable to do their regular activity because of Covid restrictions, sparking the new trend for weird and wonderful ways to keep moving.

Despite the latest lockdown, 62 per cent of those who kicked off a new exercise or sporting passion in 2020, have said they plan to keep up their new activity long term.

Another trend that seems to have captured the imagination of the UK is home workouts. Inspired by Joe Wicks, the nation’s favourite PE teacher, nearly a third of Britons tried working out at home for first time ever this year, whilst nearly one in 10 got creative and used stairs as an exercise aid.

Fitness expert James Alexander Ellis said: “During lockdown, for lots of regular gym goers it’s been all about shifting the mindset that the gym isn’t everything and you can still workout at home or outside.

“It’s been refreshing to see people trying new ways of exercising for the first time, and personally I’ve really enjoyed fitting in more running and cycling.

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“One thing that I’ve found has helped people stay on track is setting goals, beating them, and always doing more than you did the day before, and a smartwatch is a really handy tool to help track your progress.”

Top 10 lockdown activities tried for the first time this year are:

  1. Stair Climbing
  2. Hiking
  3. Open Water / wild swimming
  4. Trail running
  5. Frisbee
  6. Triathlon
  7. Martial Arts
  8. Tai Chi
  9. Hula Hoop
  10. Archery