NEW YORK — Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercise regimen, and diet is difficult in the best of times, and it’s become that much harder in the wake of COVID-19. With gyms shut down, many Americans have turned to junk food and late night snacks to calm their viral nerves over the past few months. While college students have long fought to keep off the infamous “freshman 15,” adults of all ages are now swearing off the newly-dubbed “COVID-15.” In fact, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. citizens, one in two (49%) are afraid they’ll never get their pre-quarantine body back.
The average American has put on an extra five pounds since the pandemic started, and close to two-thirds said that COVID-19 has completely messed up their plans for a healthy lifestyle in 2020. A full half of respondents have already given up on their hopes of achieving an attractive summer body this year.
Commissioned by Naked Nutrition, the survey found that 65% of Americans have “let themselves go a bit” during this lockdown period. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom; among respondents who are optimistic about getting back in shape, the average person thinks it will take eight weeks of regular training to get their old body back.
It isn’t just lack of exercise options either. Many Americans are falling back on unhealthy habits; a third are drinking more alcohol and half are eating more carbs. To be fair, though, another 54% are doing their best to still eat lots of vegetables and 46% are eating more protein.
All in all, 64% said they feel much more unhealthy today than a few months ago, mostly due to limited exercise opportunities and a poorer diet. It makes sense, then, that 64% have turned to an in-home exercise routine.
How are Americans attempting to stay fit these days? The top answer was an outdoor walk (48%), followed by exercise apps (46%), exercise websites (44%), streamed online fitness classes (41%), and pre-taped workout videos (40%).
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