Brits list skydiving & going out for dinner as activities they can’t wait to do once lockdown is lifted

With the entirety of the UK currently in lockdown, many of us will be thinking about what we'll do once the government relaxes current social-distancing measures. Some might be planning on finally completing that challenge they'd always dreamt about, and others might run to their favourite pub, but as a health and wellbeing brand that services the nation, we wanted to find out exactly what Brits will do once the pandemic is over.

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We asked 3,000 members of the British public what general and more ‘extreme’ activities they will do once the measures are lifted, and found that going out to dinner topped the list as the most popular post-pandemic activity, followed closely by having sex and going on holiday - something we’re sure a lot of people are missing!
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The top ten general activities Brits want to do post-pandemic are:
  • Go out for dinner
  • Have sex
  • Go on holiday
  • Go to the gym
  • Host a dinner party
  • Go shopping
  • Go to the pub/nightclubs
  • Visit family
  • Go to the cinema
  • Go to an amusement park
(Only nine people said they want to binge on Netflix!)

Aside from the things people are missing the most, as a sports supplement brand, we naturally wanted to know what more ‘extreme’ activities people are planning as well, and it seems the nation is excited to take to the skies post-pandemic, with skydiving revealed as the most popular choice, followed by running a marathon and climbing a mountain - we admire the British peoples’ ambition!

The top five ‘extreme’ challenges Brits want to take on
  • Skydive
  • Run a marathon
  • Climb a mountain
  • Learn to ski
  • Cycle an iconic route
With the current coronavirus situation developing the way it is, it’s important for people to remain positive, so we decided to ask our respondents how the lockdown had impacted their attitude to life. Two thirds (68%) of Brits stated they plan to ‘live life more fully’, once the lockdown has come to an end - we can cheers to that!

We also asked respondents what the biggest change to their day-to-day life has been since social-distancing. Two fifths (42%) said they are making more of an effort to be active, a third (30%) said they are more careful with their money and a fifth (21%) said they speak to their family more. Less than a tenth (7%) said there has been no change.

How to get started - the Lyvit guide

As many will know, particularly with adventure-focused activities, it can be difficult to know where to start. Often all it takes is a little research and preparation and you've already started your journey, however we know this can be a daunting task in itself, so to help out some of the adventure-seekers amongst us, we've put together a short guide on where to start on the above activities:
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  • Skydiving - It’s one of the most popular adventure activities in the UK, and actually surprisingly easy to do considering you’re jumping out of a plane - even if it’s just a one off! A quick internet search of 'Skydive UK' will show you a map of all of the places in the country that facilitate skydives. From there you can pick the location you'd like to go with and find out the prices and availability. Prices vary from provider to provider, but are loosely within the range of £150 - £400. You can choose different heights and freefall times, as well as the option to purchase videos and photographs of your experience.
  • Running a marathon - Finding the right place/time to do a marathon can be quite daunting, and one of the main reasons people never achieve this goal is because they don’t know when they’ll be fit enough to complete the marathon, and often end up deciding to wait until they’ll be physically ready before booking their place. However, our advice would be to book a marathon that gives you at least six months to get ready, or longer depending on your fitness levels. Then, we’d recommend enlisting the help of a professional to make sure you’re at peak physical condition come the day of the marathon - having this guidance will also act as a motivator, to ensure you stay on course. If you’re a real beginner and just want to get a taste of what it’s like to run, park runs can offer a great way to meet other people potentially training for a marathon, and will help massively with the physical prep prior to your 26-mile run!
  • Climbing a mountain - Unlike climbing Everest or Kilimanjaro, you don’t need expeditionists to help you climb the mountains we have here in the UK - however this isn’t to say that you won’t need to prepare yourself physically. Climbing a mountain can take hours, and can be dangerous. So, our advice is to pick a mountain you’d like to climb, find one or two people to come with you, and prepare by climbing hills in your local area, and going on long hikes. Another thing to keep in mind is your equipment and clothing. We advise getting your hands on some good waterproof trousers, a waterproof jacket, and a proper pair of hiking boots - oh, and don’t forget your lunch! Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland are a few of our favourites in the UK.
  • Learning to ski - Skiing is probably the most popular adventure activity in the world, with slopes and resorts sprawling the globe. Here in the UK it’s difficult to find anywhere where there’s enough snow to actually ski on (except a few spots in Scotland and Northern Ireland), however we do have a number of faux-snow and dry slopes across the country. Skiing is one of those activities that requires tuition, especially if you’re an adult learning to ski for the first time. The best thing to do is just go online, and book yourself onto a beginners course at a slope near you. If you’re planning on going abroad to a ski resort, we also advise booking yourself into a ski school, or invest in private lessons, as real snow feels very different to the fake stuff!
  • Cycling an iconic route - Cycling is one of the UK’s favourite sports, and it offers a great source of exercise for millions of people around the world. However, cycling an iconic cycle route is a little more challenging than cycling to work (depending on how far you commute!). Our advice is to, similar to mountain climbing, find a few people willing to accompany you on your cycling adventure, pick a route you want to ride, and then begin preparing by cycling shorter routes regularly, so that you can build up your strength, stamina, and experience. It’s also important to have a reliable bike, maybe don’t use the one that’s been rusting away in the shed for a few years if you’re planning on a big trip! If you’re looking for something really challenging, the Lands End to John O’Groats is probably the most iconic route in the UK, it will take you roughly 2 weeks though...

Our founders said,

”The coronavirus pandemic has significantly altered the way we live our lives, and the impact will be felt far into the future. While things can feel very ‘doom and gloom’ right now, there are people re-evaluating their lives and looking ahead to a positive future. That’s why we decided to commision this research, to see what the British public plan to do once social-distancing stops - and it’s thrilling to see that many want to get outdoors and experience new things.”

”Obviously this is a very difficult time for many, and as the situation continues to develop we want to wish everyone around the world good health, and urge them to keep their mind and body as active and looked after as possible. Hopefully our guide will give people a few ideas as to what they can achieve once the pandemic has passed!”