The continuing rise of physical and mental health trends

The pandemic sparked an international knitting revival and home workout boom as many tried to stay calm and healthy during the biggest health crisis of our time.

Craftsman marketplace, LoveCrafts, found 8.7 million Britons used the craft as the greatest aid to their mental health during the pandemic.

Here are some other pandemic health trends – but will they last?

Increase in fitness and physical well-being

Covid-19 was found to put people with heart disease and diabetes at higher risk of complications than people who were in shape. As people tried to lose weight, the health and wellness industries boomed.

According to GlobalData:

  • At least half of UK consumers brought home exercise products during the pandemic
  • 75% plan to exercise at home even after the pandemic has ended
  • From these consumers 31% said they hadn’t exercised regularly before and 76% said they would keep exercising after the pandemic

In addition, a plant-based diet has become an attractive way of life for many 18% of Brits moving into this new diet – possibly compounded by the origins of Covid-19 in a wet food market.

In addition to diet and exercise, smokers also took the opportunity to quit smoking for good after it was found that smokers are more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 than non-smokers:

  • About a million People in the UK have quit smoking since the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 440,000 Smokers also tried to quit during this period

This study suggests that consumers make great efforts to improve their health over the long term.

However, other pandemic trends were:

  • An increase in Ghost hunting Activities – certainly a socially distant endeavor
  • At a time when we were so alone, the pandemic may have revealed that we were doing it because of one 16% Increase in UFO sightings in the US by alien hunters

Knit Your Way to Better Mental Health

2020 Olympic champion Tom daley learned to knit and revealed the therapeutic and calming benefits that just ten minutes of daily knitting and crocheting had on his mental wellbeing.

“I owe the way I got to compete in the Olympics because of my craftsmanship,” said Daley. “During Covid we couldn’t do anything at the Olympics, we couldn’t go outside, we couldn’t interact with anyone, so we had to find something else to distract us from, and frankly this was my Olympic knitting project. I started knitting with sets. “

Daley just started Made with love by Tom Daley, his very own knitting sets.

β€œThe fact that I have been able to design some of my own jerseys and share my love for knitting with others is super exciting. I didn’t want everything to be too difficult, so they’re very much on the beginner to easy scale.

“Next, I’ll be bringing knitting and crafts into schools as part of the curriculum. I think it would be a great thing for kids to learn to relax. I think people would really like it.”

Everything in the box can be reused or recycled, even the instructions in the box are printed on a 10x10cm card and can be used to measure the voltage square.


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