Four in Five adults vow to maintain healthy lifestyle habits they adopted during lockdown
28 July 2020
Four in five adults are leading healthier lifestyles now that we are out of lockdown (79%), according to new research from fresh food manufacturer Bakkavor (1), after picking up healthy habits during the 100 days in lockdown.
Chief among the list of positive changes, a third of people (34%) said they would continue to take a walk each day. This was followed by drinking more water (28%), eating more fresh and healthy food (26%), and getting more sleep (26%).
While exercise and sleep featured in people’s priorities, the results showed that three in five respondents (61%) had resolutions for life after lockdown that involved food. In addition to eating more fresh and healthy food (26%) and spending more time cooking (29%), these positive changes also included making healthier choices on food portions (19%), spending more time eating together round a table (16%), eating foods that boosts our immune systems (14%) and eating three proper meals a day and cutting down on snacking (15%).
By age group, it was those under 35 who were the most likely to have made healthy lifestyle resolutions (88% compared with 66% of those over 55). Seven in 10 respondents (70%) had made resolutions that were to do with food, while this group was also the most likely to vow to get more sleep (32%) and spend more time relaxing and de-stressing (25%) once life started to return to normal.
Family size also had a bearing on what healthy changes had become a part of daily routines going forward. Overall, 87% of households with children said they had made resolutions, compared with 74% of those without. Among the top priorities for households with children, more than a quarter of respondents (28%) said they would spend more time together eating round the kitchen table.
Mike Edwards, Chief Operating Officer at Bakkavor commented:
“The pandemic and lockdown changed people’s lives overnight and for those that have had to focus on getting through lockdown it has brought many challenges, but our research shows there have been some positives. Many people took the time during isolation to reflect on the busy routines they had followed and our research suggests the better work-life balance, the renewed focus on diet and wellbeing during isolation will be taken into the post lockdown era.
“When it comes to diet, people are now craving fresh food options that may have been in short supply during lockdown. Fresh breads, fruit, salads and veg are all set for a revival in the months ahead as millions of Brits come out of isolation committed to following a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.”
1) The research was conducted by MaruBlue for Bakkavor among a nat rep sample of 2,095 adults on 11 June 2020. The survey was conducted online.