Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:22 PM How lockdown lifestyles changed Britain: Official figures reveal we exercise ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:22 PM How lockdown lifestyles changed Britain: Official figures reveal we exercise ... trends now
Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:22 PM How lockdown lifestyles changed Britain: Official figures reveal we exercise ... trends now

Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:22 PM How lockdown lifestyles changed Britain: Official figures reveal we exercise ... trends now

People are exercising and socialising more than they did before the pandemic, according to new official figures that reveal the changing habits of Britons after lockdown.

As more people continue to work from home and cut out the daily commute, they've also found more time for gardening, DIY and housework.   

But questions about productivity remain, as time spent watching TV, reading books and playing video games is up but studying is down. 

The way people use their time each day has been studied since 2014/15 in the UK by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), with the latest figures up to March 2022, when most Covid restrictions were lifted. 

The average Briton now spends 25 minutes per day keeping fit, six minutes more than in 2014/15. 

More people took up exercise to fight boredom during lockdown and there was renewed interest in physical health spurred by fears that being inactive or obese would increase people's chance of becoming severely ill with Covid f they were to get infected.   

People spend about five hours per day socialising or entertaining themselves —  which also includes watching TV, playing games, browsing the internet or spending time with friends and family — 17 minutes more than seven years prior. 

Britons have also found an extra three minutes to spend on gardening each day in that time, with the average person doing about 20 minutes per day now.

Housework are also got a time boost from 2014/15, with the average person now dedicating two-and-half hours per day to keeping their home spotless, buying groceries, or exercising pets, an extra three minutes compared to pre-pandemic.

Britons appear to have crawled back the time by cutting out commuting and ditching the office in favour of working from home.

How lockdown re-shaped how Britons spend their time. This chart highlights how people now have more time for exercise and entertainment and socailsing, gardening and housework than pre-pandemic driven, in part, by saving time on the daily commute by working from home

How lockdown re-shaped how Britons spend their time. This chart highlights how people now have more time for exercise and entertainment and socailsing, gardening and housework than pre-pandemic driven, in part, by saving time on the daily commute by working from home

In 2014/15 the average person spent one hour and 23 minutes each day on traveling and transport.

But in March 2022, this dropped to just 51 minutes, giving Britons an extra half-an-hour to spend on other activities. 

Time spent working from home has more than quadrupled in 2022 compared to 2014/15.  

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