Kiwis love mindfulness, says Fitbit
Since March, the world has adapted to pandemic lockdowns. So it’s no surprise that health and fitness routines have changed as a result, as Fitbit can confirm.
New global data from Fitbit has revealed how users have embraced new activities to help manage our new normal. The Fitbit research team compared population level data from 2019 to 2020 by metrics including step count, active minutes, sleep patterns and activity types to see what differences the pandemic have driven in the Fitbit community.
Mediation, yoga, and pilates saw huge increases in 2020 across APAC, mirroring the global trend. Meditation in particular saw massive gains in popularity among Fitbit users across the region
Kiwis lead the way with being chill
New Zealanders are looking to mindfulness more than ever as the conversation around mental health grows in importance. New Zealand led the increase in meditation globally by a country mile, with other countries like Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, The Philippines, and Singapore not even coming close.
In NZ, meditation has increased by 18,333% (no, that’s not a typo, I’ve checked). Yoga has increased by 82%, while pilates has increased by 105%. I guess Fitbit mindfulness is a thing after all!
Activity (steps and active minutes) levels across the region increased as restrictions eased, but not more than pre-pandemic levels. This is with the exception of Hong Kong, which saw a slight increase in Jun – Aug 2020 compared to the same period the year before.
Australia and New Zealand continue to lead the region in active minutes achieved, if not in overall step count, suggesting a greater level of intentional exercise activity over simply walking.
Most countries saw their lockdown gains in sleep duration reverse as they reopened, with the exception of Australia. The Aussies continued to enjoy an increase in sleep duration to 7 hours 37 mins, a whopping 39 mins higher than the regional average. Lucky.
When I’ve been wearing my Fitbit, mindfulness isn’t what I’m thinking. But I have been meditating more, and I guess it’s a permanent fixture for me now. Hooray, I’m in the data!
Guess our reputation for being chill is well deserved!