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Lockdown Leads to Healthy New Habits

A British survey, commissioned by the Japanese probiotic company Yakult, reveals rather a lot of surprising benefits and behaviour changes as a result of 'you know what'.

Brits have been creating some healthy new routines in recent months, with many picking up at least five new rituals - and healthy habits - as a result of being stuck at home so much this year.

Being stuck in the house so much more and needing to feel more organized and in control were the main reasons Britons claim to have picked up beneficial new habits and rituals - along with, of course, simply having more time on their hands.

Here's a summary of the study's highlights, conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of Yakult:

  • 70 percent said their newfound rituals have made them feel happy and secure, with 65 percent believing that how they feel day-to-day has improved.

  • Fondness for the outdoors increased, with 29 percent embracing more time spent with nature.

  • 64 percent claim they are exercising more and two-thirds say their wellbeing has improved.

  • Baking and cooking from scratch also rose in popularity, with one in four introducing this ritual into their lives. 65 percent also said eating a balanced diet helped.

  • 18 percent of respondents are calming their mind through meditating or exploring mindfulness during this unsettling period.

  • 31 percent have developed a penchant for decluttering their homes.

The survey also revealed almost eight in 10 intend to stick with the changes they have made recently.

Of course, if you buy Yakult, you're already focused on healthy living. Having said that, a straw poll at OGN Towers (none of whom buy Yakult) reveals that these statistics chime with the team. But Quarantini's are still popular!

For a blast from the (recent) past, take a gander at: Lockdown Lingo - Are you fully conversant with new terminology and phraseology? Or, if you're feeling particularly brave, why not discover if you were a Middle Class Lockdown Cliché

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