Poll: Half Of US Residents Fear They Won’t Get Back Into Shape After Pandemic Ends

For many Americans, being less active and eating more while under stay-at-home orders have left them with extra pounds — and more than half of them are afraid they’ll never get their pre-coronavirus physiques back!

That’s according to a new survey conducted by OnePoll, which also reveals the average U.S. resident has packed on at least five pounds since the pandemic began. Of those who think they’ll get in shape once they return to more active lifestyles, most believe it will take about eight weeks to do so, according to the study.

The widespread weight gain has come in spite of an increase in sales of home workout equipment. More than half of the people surveyed say they’ve purchased exercise equipment over the past two months, with dumbbells topping the list at 54 percent. Yoga mats are the second most-purchased item at 45 percent, followed by stationary bicycles at 41 percent and exercise chairs at 39 percent. Rounding out the top five are ankle weights, which were purchased by 39 percent of those polled.

Danielle Tufano

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