Social distancing and self-isolation have had a massive effect on overall fitness levels according to a Fitbit analysis
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on physical activity levels for over 30 million active Fitbit users around the world.
As countries adapt to social distancing and community quarantines, it’s not a surprise that almost all countries experienced a statistically significant decline in average step count compared to that of the same time in the previous year.
Fitbit data scientists established a baseline for normal activity levels around step count in each area by analyzing the activity of millions of users with similar characteristics during the same week from the previous year. According to this analysis, during the week of Mar. 22,, the United States saw a 12 percent decline in step count.
The graph below shows how step count behavior has changed over time on a country-by-country basis. For example, the deviation from normal activity for this time last year occurred much earlier in the year for countries like China and Hong Kong, which were the first to face COVID-19. There are also reasons for optimism, as the graphs reveal that step counts are starting to rise again in China, Japan, and Hong Kong.
How to manage your health
Here are some tips to stay healthy and active to boost your mood and immunity:
Maintain healthy habits like drinking lots of water and eating nutritious food
Need some inspiration when it comes to cooking healthy meals at home? Try whipping up some of healthy recipes.
Remember to take mental health breaks
Are you working remotely and can’t seem to turn off? Do you keep refreshing your social media feeds to get the latest intel? In this time of crisis and uncertainty, remembering to take regular mental health breaks is crucial. In fact, studies show that taking a few moments to relax each day can reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Support each other
Invite friends and family to join you in fitness challenges. These allow you to start a friendly competition and to invite friends and family to get more steps, support each other and keep getting your gains virtually.