Despite today's era of new austerity being beneficial for the nations' health, two in three people will slip back into unhealthy pre-recession habits, suggests research by Aviva.The findings say that as a direct result of the recession, people have made lifestyle changes to save money that directly benefit long-term health. The concern is that as people start to enjoy higher disposable income, many will slip back into their previous lifestyles.
Dr Doug Wright of Aviva UK Health says: "Despite anecdotal reports that the recession is bad for your health, this research proves that the recession has prompted some new habits that are actually good for you. As the economy improves and the temptation is to return to the way we were before, we would like to encourage people to keep up their new healthy behaviour. Even small steps can have a really positive impact on health, so we need to integrate them into a long-term plan rather than look for a short-term fix."
Britons are currently embracing exercise. Rather than forking out on taxis or driving their cars, 21% of people are cycling or walking more regularly, and many more are using exercise as an alternative form of entertainment.
Private medical insurance: News update: 16 October 2009