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With a resolve to overcome personal health struggles that came their way in 2020, almost four in five people (80.5 percent) of respondents in a new survey say they feel more inspired to make a health goal in 2021, such as weight loss (34.2 percent), building muscle (22 percent), emphasizing mental health (12.5 percent). Also Read - Goodbye 2021. India Set To Welcome New Year As Omicron Fuels Fresh COVID Crisis; Delhi, Maharashtra Worst-Hit

Six in ten people say they’re sitting more than they did pre-pandemic with 30.8 percent saying they sit more than eight hours a day. For those who previously commuted to work, they’re “redeeming” their commute time in a variety of ways: catching up on sleep, spending more time with family, finding more time for exercise, and eating more thoughtful meals they’ve planned. Also Read - Cryptocurrency Bill May Not Be Introduced In Winter Session Of Parliament, Govt Considering Changes: Report

Overall results point to the pandemic having a substantial negative impact on the health and fitness habits of most. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said their personal health has been negatively impacted this year. Top reasons cited for the negative impact include overall stress from the pandemic, the closure of gyms, and working from home leading to less motivation to exercise.

Additionally, three-fourths believe that health clubs are essential businesses and should remain open during the pandemic.

With the ‘new year, new me’ attitude kicking in most people, it seems they are motivated to regain their health and fitness in the New Year.

(With inputs from IANS)