A poll by the Fitness First gym chain found many of us are coming out of the coronavirus crisis with different health issues ‑ including expanded waistlines, lack of energy and low mood.
Spokesman Tim Andrews said: “With so much to deal with, fitness was eventually furloughed and general health has suffered as a result. Now society is opening up again, people want to get back to a new routine. But with their morale and motivation shattered, they are struggling to find a roadmap back to fitness.”
The survey of 2,000 Britons follows Public Health England (PHE) data showing 41 percent of adults in England have piled on the pounds since the first lockdown. The average weight gain is half a stone, says PHE, with one in five saying they put on a stone or more.
Meanwhile, Fitness First found 45 percent of us are stuck in the “fitness doldrums” and struggling to restart our exercise regimes.
It also discovered that during the first lockdown one in five people bought exercise equipment for use at home but only five per cent are still using it.
More than a third of women (36 percent) say they feel less healthy now than before the pandemic, compared with a quarter (26 percent) of men.
Of those not exercising any more, nearly half (44 percent) blame lack of motivation while 35 percent cite lack of confidence.