A recent study by Orangetheory Fitness and Kelton Global has found that 70% of surveyed exercising-Americans stated they miss their pre-pandemic exercise routine before COVID-19.
In fact, more than 30% miss being inside a gym, having access to different fitness equipment or having variety in their workouts.
The survey also found 68% of Americans report “their fitness regimen in general took a hit, despite their best efforts and intentions,” during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These results indicate many Americans are facing “Basement Burnout,” and are craving a return to pre-pandemic exercise routines.
Further Survey Insights:
- After a year of limited options, almost half of Americans (41%) are suffering from the monotony of the at-home fitness regimen.
- Nearly half (43%) of Americans reported suffering from a lack of motivation to exercise, and 32% specifically miss the real-life connections their pre-pandemic exercise routines afforded.
- 85% of Americans are eager and excited to make positive changes to their physical activity.
- 43% of respondents specifically noted they are planning to set and achieve new fitness goals.
- Nearly one in three Americans are keen to take their exercise routines outside of the home more often, including returning to a fitness studio or gym, or joining one for the first time.
“As the country begins to reopen after more than a year of COVID-related restrictions, it is obvious we are made for more than what has been available to us during the pandemic,” said Kevin Keith, the chief brand officer of Orangetheory Fitness, in a statement. “Now more than ever, we understand the importance of our health and wellness and the role it plays in our daily lives.”
The study surveyed 1,005 nationally representative Americans age 18 and up in the U.S., and was conducted online during the period of May 19-25, 2021. The study has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.
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