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Mar 3, 2022

High-Impact Britain

A recent survey commissioned by recovery footwear specialists, OOFOS, has found that nearly 60% of Brits take part in high-impact sports or exercise at least once per month.

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, found that almost half (46%) of the nation are runners, picking the sport as their top choice of high-impact exercise. HIIT workouts and football also proved popular, with a quarter (26% and 24% respectively) of endorphin-loving Brits choosing these types of activity.

High-impact exercise has risen in popularity during the pandemic through initiatives such as “The Body Coach” Joe Wicks’ home ‘PE With Joe’ HIIT workouts and outdoor running proving a Covid-safe, legal and accessible form of activity even at the height of restrictions. Yet there is concern surrounding what high-impact exercise could be doing to our bodies, with over half of those surveyed (52%) reporting that this form of exercise has negatively impacted their joints or caused an injury. Despite this, only a quarter (27%) admitted to taking steps to aid their recovery every time they took part in high-impact exercise.

High-impact Generation Z

Young people (aged 18-24) proved the group who enjoyed high-impact exercise the most, with a huge 88% saying they take part in high-impact sports or exercise at least once per month. Of that younger group, there was a fairly even split between the forms of exercise they enjoyed, with running, HIIT workouts, football, tennis and dancing all proving equally popular choices. However, in the older groups surveyed running was the clear winner, with 58% of 45-54 year olds stating this as their preference.

As accountable young Brits, the 18-24 year old group proved over twice as likely (45% vs 22%) as the older group to take steps to aid their recovery every time following high-impact exercise; appearing to have greater knowledge on recovery techniques, with a higher percentage noting that seeing a physio, wearing compression items, taking an ice bath or using recovery footwear could all help get them back to the high-impact sports they love quicker.

The fear factor

Of those who did not take part in high-impact sports, physical injuries or the fear of getting injured accounted for around half of respondents, with this figure rising in the older groups surveyed.

The take home

Contrary to popular belief, high-impact activities like running do not increase the likelihood of joint complaints on their own. Studies have shown that there is no correlation between running and osteoarthritis (the wearing down of joint cartilage), for example. So with the right preparation, and armed with the knowledge and tools to help recover after high-impact activities, can more people enjoy this form of exercise without negatively impacting their joints or causing injury, which as OOFOS’ survey shows over half of respondents have suffered with?

Physiotherapist and founder of The London Physio, Joy Ogude, said: “As this survey shows, we are a nation that loves high-impact exercise and sports. There is no doubt that a good run or HIIT class with friends can bring about fantastic physical and mental health benefits. However we need to be mindful that this form of exercise can be harder on the body than lower impact activities.

“It’s interesting to see that most viewed stretching as key to recovery, however recovery should be considered holistically. Stretching is a valuable tool that ensures muscles shortened during exercise such a running can be returned to their normal length, but it shouldn’t be the only thing we do to help ourselves to recover and prevent injury. As this survey shows there is a lack of knowledge surrounding other tips and tricks to aid the recovery process. Only 12% recognised the value of recovery footwear (such as market leader OOFOS) post high-impact exercise – on a par with those who chose ‘sitting on the sofa’ as their preferred form of recovery!”

There will always be exceptions and this form of exercise does not suit everyone, but if we listen to our bodies and take the right steps, high-impact sports and exercise can be a rewarding challenge for fitness enthusiasts of all ages.”

Giles Cundell, head of international at OOFOS, said: “Over half of those surveyed (57%) saw ‘rest days’ as most important to aiding the recovery process, but what most don’t know is we can enhance and even speed up this process with the right tools. Recovery footwear OOFOS contains proprietary OOfoam technology that absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foams, which is scientifically proven to reduce stress on the body by reducing energy exertion in the ankles by up to 20%.”

If more people knew about the benefits that impact reducing recovery footwear, and other products or techniques such as massage, foam rolling or wearing compression items could bring, we may all be able to enjoy the benefits of high-impact exercise more frequently.”

To explore OOFOS’ range please visit www.oofos.co.uk

Source:
• Survey conducted by OnePoll, on behalf of OOFOS, surveying 2000 respondents across one week in February 2022. The survey sourced responses from participants in the UK

Extended data

Overall

• 59% of Brits take part in high impact exercise at least once per month
• Almost half (46%) of the nation are runners, picking the sport as their top choice of high-impact exercise
• HIIT workouts and football also proved popular choices, with a quarter (26% and 24% respectively) of endorphin-loving Brits choosing these types of activity
• Over half of those surveyed (52%) reporting that this form of exercise has negatively impact their joints or caused an injury.
• Only a quarter (27%) of those surveyed admitted to taking steps to aid their recovery every time they took part in high impact exercise
• 60% viewed stretching as most important to aiding the recovery process, with only 15% saying a physio is top of their list, and 12% exploring the benefits of recovery footwear

Age

18-24: 88% took part in high impact sports or exercise at least once per month
25-34: 78% took part in high impact sports or exercise at least once per month
35-44: 73% took part in high impact sports or exercise at least once per month
45-54: 58% took part in high impact sports or exercise at least once per month

• Young people (aged 18-24) proved the group who enjoyed high-impact exercise the most, with 88% saying they took part in high impact sports or exercise at least once per month
• Of that younger group, there was a fairly even split between the forms of exercise they enjoyed, with running, HIIT, football, tennis and dancing all proving equally popular choices. However, in the older groups surveyed running was the clear winner, with 58% of 45-54 year olds stating it as their top choice
• The younger group proved the most concerned about how this form of exercise could affect their joints or cause injury, with over a third (39%) stating this as a worry – compared to only 10% of 45 – 54 year olds
• The younger group were also over twice as likely as the older group to take steps to aid their recovery every time following high-impact exercise

Of those who said they don’t take part in high-impact exercise…

• 45% of 45 – 54-year-olds cited this was due to physical injuries or through fear of getting injured
• 50% of 55 – 64-years-olds cited this was due to physical injuries or through fear of getting injured
• 53% of 65+ cited this was due to physical injuries or through fear of getting injured

Region

• Almost half of Londoners (49%) chose running as their high-impact exercise of choice
• Londoners proved to be the most avid football fans in the country, with over a third (34%) choosing a kick around at least once per month
• Almost three quarters (74%) of those in London took part in high impact sports at least once per month; yet only a quarter (27%) admitted to taking steps to aid their recovery each time they did this activity, despite over half (56%) acknowledging that this type of activity could negatively impact their joints or cause an injury
• 50% of those in East Anglia chose running as their high-impact exercise of choice, the highest percentage in the country
• Almost three quarters (74%) of those in Northern Ireland took part in high impact sports at least once per month; yet only a quarter (25%) admitted to taking steps to aid their recovery each time they did this activity, despite 78% acknowledging that this type of activity could negatively impact their joints or cause an injury
• Those in Northern Ireland took part in the most diverse range of high-impact sports, with tennis, skipping / jump rope and gymnastics all proving popular (22% selected each), alongside the top choice of running
• Running proved the most popular choice of high-impact exercise, but in the East Midlands, HIIT workouts came a close second, with nearly a third (32%) choosing this as their high-impact activity of choice

Gender

• 64% of men and 54% of women take part in high-impact sports or exercise at least once per month

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