Despite nationwide quarantine and closed sports and recreational facilities, Poles do not give up physical activity and exercise at home, therefore online training is gaining popularity. The MultiSport data show that we currently most often use strengthening training and activities dedicated to whole families. Interestingly, the time of isolation also helps to build healthy habits and makes us more willing to care for a proper diet.
Due to the coronavirus epidemic, under the regulation of the Minister of Health, sports facilities in Poland have been closed until further notice. Thus, physical activity from fitness clubs and gyms has moved straight home, thanks to the increasingly popular online training, which has been introduced by many sports facilities and fitness networks. What forms of movement are Poles most likely to use in the current situation? The MultiSport program decided to analyze the activity of its users at home.
The collected data show that nearly 37 percent of people choose online training to strengthen their muscles, 25 percent use training sessions dedicated to joint activity with children, and 22 percent exercise to improve the body’s efficiency – says Dr. Adam Waszkowski, director of the analysis department of Benefit Systems, the company which is the creator of the MultiSport program.
Movement for a better form of body and mind
As experts emphasize, physical activity during an epidemic not only supports the body, but can also positively affect the mind overwhelmed by a sudden change in lifestyle.
The disturbed balance between personal and professional life, physical and social isolation, a sense of lack of influence, as well as limited entertainment and pleasure, put the mind under a lot of pressure. It is worth defusing it constructively, e.g. by trying to maintain a substitute for the current routine. It may be a good idea to make a daily schedule that will help you differentiate between work and relaxation. If exercise is a natural form of spending time for us, it is worth continuing it also during preventive isolation or quarantine, if our health allows us to do so. A good solution is also looking for new opportunities and interests. If we did not feel comfortable trying new sports activities offline, today we can do it in the comfort of our apartment. Importantthat we adapt to this new situation and take care of our body and mind constructively at that time, and movement is a very good tool for that – says Mateusz Banaszkiewicz, health psychologist.
According to the MultiSport Index 2019 survey, physical activity is part of the daily routine for 19 percent of Poles over 15 who exercise at least 5 times a week. 64 percent of Polish residents use traffic at least once a month. The declarations of the respondents show that physical activity is for them primarily a way to support health and improve well-being.
It is not surprising that currently online training, such as yoga or Pilates, supporting relaxation and correct posture, is especially popular among 16 percent of Poles undertaking physical activity at home.
Exercise stimulates the body’s production of dopamine and endorphins, the so-called ‘happiness’ hormones. What’s more, regular movement also has a positive effect on the work of the brain – it stimulates, among others, memory, concentration and creativity. Support for mental performance may be particularly important during the currently changing working conditions – i.e. during the so-called home office. Exercise can also help counter the effects of prolonged sitting. It is worth remembering because civilization diseases, including those resulting from lack of exercise, will not wait for the pandemic to end, adds the health psychologist.
During preventive isolation, the World Health Organization recommends taking 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week.
Healthy habits and diet
An interesting observation resulting from the analysis of MultiSport data is the increased involvement of Poles in the area of building healthy habits and their care for the diet during an epidemic.
In addition to online training, MultiSport program users can take advantage of monthly challenges that support, for example, the reduction of harmful eating habits. In March 2020, these educational materials enjoyed twice as much interest as in February – emphasizes Adam Waszkowski. – On the other hand, in the last two weeks of March, i.e. during the nationwide quarantine, users downloaded twice as many individualized diet plans than during the first two weeks of March. This means that when we spend more time at home, or when we prepare home-made meals more often, we are more likely to care for their quality and appropriate adaptation to the needs of our body.