Many South Africans used the weeks of lockdown as an opportunity to reset their health and fitness routines. 74% of them said they now consider health and fitness to be very important with eating healthily and exercising being placed at top of their list of healthy habits. This was followed by eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water and more home-cooked food.
“Covid-19 and the lockdowns over the last year definitely inspired South Africans to focus on being healthy and fit,” says Bev Tigar Bassett, AVP - Business Development at Borderless Access. “The most common changes we found people made during the pandemic was introducing home workouts into their routines and eating more healthily.”
Making healthy habits more permanent
Most of those surveyed were keen to continue with some of the healthy habits they developed during the lockdown. These included eating less meat, avoiding carbs and practising regular relaxation techniques, such as meditation.
“But many admitted that once things got back to normal, they were likely to drop many of their newfound healthy habits,” adds Tigar Bassett.