Sometimes we look at our Instagram feed and it seems like everyone has gone exercise mad during lockdown, or are doing a massive clear-out of their house! However, recent studies into peoples habits have shown that there is a wide range of approaches to coping with lockdown, but over 60’s are the ones who seem to be coping best.
Over 60’s Coping Best with Lockdown
It may be due to the fact that they’re one of the most high risk groups, but the study from UCL shows they proving to be the ones most complying with the lockdown rules, as well as exercising more than younger age groups.
Those over 60 also reported a higher level of “life satisfaction” in the survey of over 60,000 people in the UK. They were reporting an average of 6.5 out of 10, whereas 16-24 year olds were at 4.5. Loneliness is also affecting older people less than younger people.
When it comes to exercise, over 60’s are again beating younger people, with 43% spending more than 30 minutes a day exercising. Only 32% on average in other age groups are doing the same. 39% of all respondents were doing no exercise at all!
Mental Health and Wellbeing is Being Affected
Another study by Kings College London of 2,250 people found that half of people (49%) have been feeling more anxious or depressed than normal as a result of the virus. 38% have slept less well than normal, and 35% have eaten more food or less healthy food than they usually do. As we know, lack of exercise, sleep and not eating well are all big factors in feeding anxiety and depression, so the changes in our habits could be making our mental health worse.
Many of us are also turning to alcohol, with 19% drinking more than they usually do. And what affect is all of this having on our household? 19% of us are arguing with our family or housemates more than we normally do.
But its not all bad news..