Nearly a quarter of survey respondents (23%) cited concerns and challenges around physical health, with these same concerns being mentioned in interviews and stories. Key concerns focused on Covid, other illnesses, disability and fitness - this was a particular issue where there were compounding difficulties,
When asked what positive things have taken place during the pandemic, many people were grateful that they and their families had stayed well during the pandemic, or had recovered from Covid. Some had managed to maintain or even improve their fitness.
When looking to the future, 30 people in the online survey mentioned something health related when describing their hopes for 2021. A commonly expressed hope was to stay healthy and well – both for themselves and their family.
There were many activities suggested in relation to physical fitness. Sports and exercise classes, community games, organised walking and dance sessions. There were requests around making activities accessible for all – or for specific target groups.