Adults with health conditions feel life won’t return to ‘normal’ after pandemic

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One in four adults with health conditions feel their life will never return to ‘normal’ following the coronavirus pandemic.

A poll of 1,000 adults with long-term health issues found more than a quarter (28%) feel their confidence has been rocked by the past 12 months.

And 45% said that even after being vaccinated they will be cautious about coming into close contact with others.

It also emerged 15% have done no exercise at all since the most recent lockdown measures were introduced, with a fifth feeling self-conscious about doing it in public.

The research was commissioned by the We Are Undefeatable campaign, which has created the Home Games, a fun and active event for people living with a range of physical and mental health conditions to remain active at home.

Home Games team captain and Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey said: "This past year has been incredibly difficult for everyone, but especially for those who were asked to shield for most of the year – we’re looking to reconnect families and friends, all while getting active in a fun and safe format.

"The Home Games will help to empower people living with different conditions across the country to get active, while remaining safe, at home."

The study also found 51% of adults with long-term health issues feel more isolated and have been struggling with feelings of loneliness, due to the pandemic.

Four in 10 (42%) worry about a visit to a pub or bar even after restrictions are lifted, while just over a quarter (26%) fret about visiting gyms or leisure centres.

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However, many didn’t let the pandemic stop them from getting creative at home and using certain household objects to exercise with.

One in six (16%) got their exercise levels up by trooping up and down the stairs in their home, while 10% incorporated a dining chair into their workouts.

Nearly one in 10 (8%) have made makeshift weights from tins of beans or soup, while five per cent said their main exercise came from lifting wine bottles.

The study, which also polled 2,000 adults who consider themselves to be healthy, found that of all those surveyed, one in four (25%) felt less motivated to get active during the most recent lockdown compared to the previous two.

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For six in 10 (61%), this has been due to the dismal weather and dark skies that come with a British winter.

A third (36%) of those polled via OnePoll are sick of the same old routine, while 19% have well and truly run out of inspiration when it comes to new activities.

Lauren Rowles, Paralympian and Home Games team captain also said: "The Home Games is bringing together so many inspirational people from across the country and showing that you don’t need any fancy equipment to get active at home.

"I know first-hand how important it is to remain active for both your physical and mental health and I can’t wait to get started and meet my team."

The Home Games will see participants take part in 10 weeks of virtual training from Dame Sarah Storey and Lauren Rowles, MBE, ahead of the competition in summer.

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