Fitbit recently aggregated its user activity data (March–September 2020) to see how people worldwide are adapting their fitness and wellness practices during the pandemic while gyms have been shuttered and people are forced to stay at home.
The data shows that people are desperate for stress relief. Meditation saw a massive 2,900% increase globally (New Zealand saw the largest spike in meditation at 9,017%, followed by the UK at 7,350%). And it’s no surprise that fitness activities that don’t require a gym have spiked, with big increases for cardio-focused and outdoor activities, including running, kickboxing, rollerblading and hiking. Sweden saw the biggest increase in hiking at 181%. Since June, active minutes of fitness/wellness sessions are actually down across the world while sleep duration is up—especially in Latin America.
Read more about how wellness activities are changing during COVID-19.