COVID19 Impact: GOQii study

News Desk, News Nation 360: With the outbreak of the virus there were multiple lockdowns imposed in our country. An increasing number of people have started working from home, schools have started online classes and people are refraining from venturing out until absolutely necessary. With the onset of the COVID pandemic, our lifestyles changed completely. Our entire lifestyle revolves around our homes. Lifestyle has a huge impact on our immunity. The change in our lifestyle has led to shifts in our sleep patterns, physical activity and eating habits, which are the pillars of our immune system. As per the study conducted by GOQii with over 10,000 respondents, the survey indicates that Indians have erratic sleep habits but are eating healthy and working out to stay fit and healthy. It’s Interesting to note that during the first 21 days of the lockdown, the average sleep hours of India increased while in the following months of April, May and June, it dropped. 44% of respondents went to sleep later than usual while 10% went to sleep more than 2 hours later. In terms of waking up, 41% woke up later than usual while 16% woke up more than 2 hours later. Eating at home has become the norm in the lockdown. As compared to 32.1% before the lockdown, currently, only about 11.3% of the people order food from outside more than once a week. 70% of the survey respondents said that they are currently sticking to home-cooked meals only. Since the country-wide lockdown started, eating out has become a thing of the past. Even currently, with the lockdown being slightly eased, stepping out for a meal is still not an option. And although more and more restaurants are availing the takeout option to resume operations, the New Normal Survey conducted by GOQii indicates that a majority of people still have apprehensions about outside food. Due to social distancing, walking or running outdoors was also not an option. During the complete lockdown, 47% of the people were doing exercises at home to stay active. Surprisingly, 31% still continued with walking or running, most likely in their homes or building as an alternative to public parks. The number of people not being able to work out increased from 11% before lockdown to 15% during the complete lockdown. Now that the lockdown has been eased out in most areas across the country, the activity patterns slowly returning back to normal, although with few changes. 46% of the people are back to walking or running again. 32% have shifted to home exercises with either bodyweight or workout as a substitute for that. 6% are also using stairs as a novel way of exercise. The number of people who are not able to workout has returned to 11%, matching the pre lockdown percentage. Vishal Gondal, Founder &CEO, GOQii, told the last five months have not been easy for anyone. It is important for people to understand that sleeping less will affect their immunity, so sleeping 7 to 8 hours is mandatory. There has been good news as well with an increasing amount of people eating home-cooked food and taking their health & fitness seriously. GOQii as a platform has always encouraged people to work out from home and they are happy that more and more people are adapting to this culture. 

Report : Anustup Kundu

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