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How Is Lockdown Affecting Our Health? Survey Results Revealed

There’s no escaping the fact that life has changed dramatically over the past couple of months. So, Myprotein decided to research how our health habits have changed. 

We commissioned a YouGov survey of over 1500 Americans, looking into whether people are exercising more, eating healthier, and what concerns people the most during this time.

Here’s what we found:

  • 62% of Americans have changed their eating habits
  • 56% of Americans report a concern with their health.
  • 16-24-year-olds most affected in their sleep.

82 Million Americans Are Exercising Daily

Many of us now have far more free time than we’re used to, so it’s no surprise that Americans are exercising more. Over a quarter claim to be now exercising at least once a day, with some actually adding in more workouts weekly. 

We’re also showing a huge demand for online workouts, the term ‘workout’ saw a 155% increase in Google searches from April 2019 to April 2020.

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans say that they are getting workout inspiration from YouTube. YouTube saw searches for the term ‘workout’ rise by 224%, as Americans look for a form of motivation. 

The graphs below show how often Americans exercise pre and post-lockdown. There’s a clear shift to daily exercise, with the low workout frequency declining.

Missing The Gym? You’re Not Alone…

With gyms closed, if you’re suffering from the gym blues, we understand. 75% of gym-goers miss at least one thing about the gym, whether that be the workout equipment, socializing with friends, or attending gym classes. 

However, there are ways to keep on top of your health at home and many of us are searching for alternatives online. In fact, over half of gym-goers are now using Apps especially made for exercise and workouts to keep spirits and motivation up. 

Once you’ve dug out that motivation, you might be thinking about what you can work out with. As it turns out, Americans are pretty creative when it comes to our workouts, but we still occasionally like to rely on the old faithful dumbbells.

In fact, over 50% of American gym-goers admit to using ordinary household items to help them workout. While 41% own dumbbells or are even lucky enough to have their own cardio machine.

Northeast Most Stressed About Health

Many of us are concerned right now, especially with our health. 63% of Americans in the Northeast have at least one health concern, with our diet suffering being the top worry. The next three major health concerns come as no shock for fitness enthusiasts, losing strength, losing muscle mass, and losing cardio ability.

Surprisingly, the older you are, the more likely you are to not be concerned with your health. In fact, according to our survey, 52% of Americans aged 55 and up reported a lack of concern for their health in the COVID-19 environment in contrast with those aged between 16 and 24 years old in which 67% reported being concerned with their health. 

Myprotein nutritionist, Jennifer Blow, adds: ‘Being concerned about your diet right now is completely natural. When we’re bored or stressed, people often find themselves reaching for snacks (rather than making something fresh and nutritious). This could be the time to learn how to cook a new dish or get into batch-cooking, so you’re never left wondering what the next meal is and snacking on the first thing you see. Know your cravings and plan your shopping around healthier ingredients and snacks – particularly those that are high in protein or fiber that will keep you feeling fuller for longer, such as nuts, eggs, beans, and other pulses.’

Let’s break it down a little into regions. Our top worrier is Northeast — nearly ⅔ of Americans have a concern — while the Midwest and South are the most relaxed regions in the United States, with 53% and 52% having a concern. The West falls shortly behind the Northeast, where 58% have at least one health concern.

The heat map below highlights which regions are most concerned with their health.

 

New York Revealed As The Most Stressed State

Our survey also analysed all 50 states across the US to discover which state was the most stressed.

We then used this data to create the US state stressed scale, looking at the following three factors.

  • Interest in-home workout videos
  • Searches for at-home meditation
  • Survey results for health concerns

The data revealed that New York is the most stressed state in the whole of the country due to high searches in meditation and home workouts, alongside a 63% concern in general health.

Rank State % With Health Concerns (Survey) Search Volume ‘Home Workouts’ Search Volume ‘Meditation’ Overall Score
1 New York 63% 49,000 16,700 139
2 New Jersey 63% 24,500 11,800 135
3 Pennsylvania 63% 17,074 6,765 128
4 California 58% 48,000 16,834 118
5 Maryland 63% 11,676 2,969 113
6 Florida 58% 24,000 8,605 111
7 Connecticut 63% 11,765 2,090 108
8 Virginia 58% 17,055 4,187 103
9 Maine 63% 1,467 8,612 99
10 Washington 58% 11,661 4,266 99
11 Texas 52% 34,000 8,583 94
12 North Carolina 58% 11,766 2,960 94
13 New Hampshire 63% 6,500 1,280 91
14 Michigan 53% 11,726 4,247 88
15 Missouri 53% 11,857 3,450 85
16 Oregon 58% 6,056 2,340 78
17 South Carolina 58% 8,729 1,447 77
18 Iowa 53% 4,200 7,830 75
19 Tennessee 58% 6,100 1,490 73
20 Indiana 53% 8,670 2,134 72
21 Alabama 58% 4,314 1,678 72
22 Louisiana 58% 4,300 1,489 68
23 Kentucky 58% 6,105 1,071 68
24 Colorado 52% 8,617 2,945 67
25 Arizona 52% 8,646 2,345 67
26 Rhode Island 63% 2,100 763 67
27 Nevada 58% 4,289 1,472 66
28 Delaware 63% 2,144 745 65
29 Alaska 58% 539 3,456 58
30 Ohio 53% 7,001 1,000 56
31 Illinois 53% 3,400 1,500 55
32 Wisconsin 53% 6,045 1,441 55
33 Massachusetts 63% 1,212 475 55
34 South Dakota 53% 1,053 3,675 51
35 Minnesota 53% 1,090 3,450 50
36 Arkansas 58% 3,392 599 50
37 Hawaii 58% 2,407 752 48
38 Mississippi 58% 3,048 566 48
39 West Virginia 58% 2,089 987 47
40 Vermont 63% 773 380 47
41 Kansas 53% 6 3,460 46
42 North Dakota 53% 1,067 2,100 41
43 Utah 52% 2,900 1,068 37
44 Oklahoma 52% 3,024 770 35
45 Georgia 58% 1,100 483 34
46 Idaho 58% 1,466 405 34
47 New Mexico 52% 2,171 755 30
48 Nebraska 53% 2,170 543 30
49 Montana 58% 1,076 270 28
50 Wyoming 58% 770 263 23

Methodology: 

We ranked each element e.g. survey results, by highest to lowest giving the highest % the highest score and the lowest % the lowest score. The overall score is, therefore, the sum of each element ranked, giving the most stressed city, based on the 3 metrics.

Younger Generations Report Worse Sleep Quality 

Moving on to sleeping habits, the smallest impact was on the younger generation, who saw themselves getting more sleep, although nearly ⅓ said that the quality of their sleep has gotten worse. 42% of Americans who’s eating habits have become less healthy also said the quality of their sleep had gotten worse. Not getting good quality sleep can have a detrimental effect on your health — besides just feeling exhausted. If you find yourself to be one of these people, try doing a weekly workout as those who exercise more frequently report a better sleep quality. 

Splitting the population into age groups, the older generations were more likely to say they haven’t experienced changes to their sleeping habits. Those aged 55 or older said they haven’t experienced any change, with 50% saying there has been no change in their sleeping pattern. 

From the Silent Generation to Gen Z’s, all ages found themselves getting more sleep. Although the majority said that the sleep that they are getting is worse. 25-34-year-olds were the only age group to see an even split of better and worse quality sleep.  

1 in 5 Americans Taking More Immune System Support Supplements

When it comes to supporting our immune health, 1 in 5 Americans takes more supplements now than pre-lockdown to keep their immune system in top condition. Delving deeper into this, just under 1 in 10 are now taking much more than they used to. This comes at no surprise with the majority of us reporting a concern for our health and well-being. 

With Northeast the most stressed about their health, it also makes sense that the region saw the biggest increase in taking immune support supplements. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans from the Northeast reported taking more than they used to, closely followed by the West where 23% also reported taking more to support their health.

Take Home Message 

Have you seen changes like this to your health? The current lockdown is affecting many of us in different ways, whether that’s getting a sufficient amount of sleep, exercising frequently, or ensuring you’re on top of your recommended vitamin daily dose. One thing’s for certain, looking after our own health has never been so important.



Josh Hunt

Josh Hunt

Writer

Josh has been involved in sports since a young age. Josh has a passion for football, playing for his local team from the age of 6 years old. He has recently used this passion to help motivate himself to create his own football club, specifically for him and his co-workers. Throughout the years he has developed an interest in boxing and MMA, which he loves to watch regularly.


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