Many people are finding it difficult to muster the motivation to work out during lockdown.
Although 76 per cent of adults agree regular exercise has a positive impact on mental health, 41 per cent of those admitted they’re struggling to find motivation to keep going. One-in-five even confessed they were working out less since the start of the pandemic.
A study by the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro, supported by sports psychologist Prof Andy Lane, is offering a solution to the malaise – whether it’s following a high-intensity workout, relaxing mind and body with yoga or even trying something completely different like hula hooping.
Prof Lane said: “Getting fit and doing regular exercise is a goal many want to achieve and mixing up your workouts can really help aid motivation and enjoyment, particularly during a challenging time like this.
“Goal setting is a highly successful method of raising motivation, but understanding that you need to vary your training is really important if you wish to get fit and enjoy training.
“A recent review emphasises the importance of changing the types of goals that people set, which can involve learning new skills, and trying new activities along with trying to perform better.”
Three is the magic number for motivation, with a quarter of those polled trying out a trio of different types of workout a week.
Findings also reveal that the most popular activities are walking (70 per cent), running (31 per cent), cycling (29 per cent) and strength training (24 per cent), with 21 per cent striding up the stairs to get their steps in.
Former footballer and broadcaster Jermaine Jenas, who is working with Huawei on the Mix It Up workout content, is passionate about the mental and physical benefits of trying different types of exercise.
He said: “The current lockdown situation is undoubtedly difficult for many people. I’m a big believer in the benefits of exercise for mental health, and I’ve found that mixing up my workouts throughout the week helps keep me motivated and happy.”
Anson Zhang, head of consumer business at Huawei UK, added: “With so many finding that exercise improves their mental health, adding some variety into your routine could help provide that additional boost to keep moving.
“With its advanced tracking capabilities and over 100 workout modes, the HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro is a fantastic tool to help people track their progress and feel good about themselves.”
The HUAWEI Watch GT 2 Pro is now available from the Huawei Store and other retailers at £229.99.