Looks Like We Have Been Keeping Ourselves Fit And Healthy During The MCO!

Amidst the isolation of lockdown, the world has fallen in love with running, that is, according to the findings of a new, ongoing research study by ASICS. 

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More importantly, the research shows nearly three-quarters of runners around the world plan to stick with their new exercise routine.

The study, which was conducted to better understand and support the changing needs of runners, reached out to 14,000 regular exercisers across 12 countries. It found that more than a third (36% globally) of them are more active now than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic began, despite most sports being brought to a standstill by social distancing measures. 

Meanwhile, figures from the fitness-tracking app, Runkeeper, show that runners of every level are clocking up more strides, more often.

The study also reveals that for the majority of people, this activity surge is down to more than just physical health. Two-thirds (67% globally) say exercise helps them cope mentally when faced by challenging situations like the one we are in now and eight in ten (79% globally) runners insist that being active is making them feel saner and more in control. 

A similar number (81% globally) say running is playing a key role in helping them clear their mind while two-thirds (65% globally) insist its mental benefits outweigh any other form of physical exercise.

Nearly three-quarters of runners (73% globally) say they want to continue running as much as they are now after the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end while seven in ten (70% globally) people who exercise regularly are determined to hang on to the important role sport and movement is currently playing in their lives. Perhaps most encouragingly, among those who only took up running after the COVID-19 crisis started, nearly two thirds (62% globally) say they plan on sticking with it in the future.

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Yasuhito Hirota, President & Chief Operating Officer, ASICS, says: “For most of us, life is full of anxieties, uncertainties and restrictions at the moment. As our study’s initial findings prove, a run has, therefore, become much more than just a run. It’s a way for people to put aside the extraordinary mental challenges of this pandemic. And importantly, it’s something which they want to maintain as lockdowns ease across the globe”.

“It makes perfect sense that people around the world have turned to running during this crisis. When you run, you literally sense yourself moving forward in life. You can feel your muscles propel you forward. Your actions take you somewhere. In a time when so many people feel trapped or isolated, running provides a direct, physical experience of freedom,” said Kelly McGonigal, PhD, health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University.

So, get off that sofa now and keep yourself active, especially during these hard times. Take care, stay healthy, and stay safe, guys! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat