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Fitness is on the rise

Government regulations are now being extended to at least July, and new research shows that fitness is on the rise with 1-in-3 now using exercise as a way to deal with mental health challenges during this period.

The survey by Total Fitness shows that the UK has never been healthier and are taking exercise more seriously with 94% of over 1,000 UK respondents taking a walk every week, 38% are using exercise to help with their mood and relive stress, which is being led by 45% women who claim to exercise on a regular basis.

“for anyone who is perhaps nervous to try something new or unsure of where to start, there are plenty of resources available online”

Parents have had to face the harshest challenges with child care and home schooling, but have said that they have used exercise as a way to take a break for themselves and over a third saying this has been helpful.

The study also found that walking is the preferred form of exercise amongst UK adults with a staggering 94% of people going for regular walks, averaging just over 2 hours per week (2hrs 3 mins). 

The second most popular exercise is running, with 60% of men and 31% of women heading out for a run at least once a week. This is followed by cycling which is popular amongst 51% of men and 30% of women.

Steven Virtue, Fitness Content and Programming Manager at Total Fitness, comments: “It’s a difficult and strange time for us all but it’s hugely uplifting to see that people are enjoying the positive effects of exercise during this time. 

“There are huge benefits to be had from regular exercise, not only to physical health but to mental health too, as staying active is proven to release endorphins – the happy hormones – which can significantly reduce levels of stress and anxiety. 

“For anyone who is perhaps nervous to try something new or unsure of where to start, there are plenty of resources available online that can help them find an activity that’s right for them – including advice articles, video classes and demonstrations.”

The study shows that adults living in Brighton are those most in favour of using exercise to improve their mental wellbeing (63%) followed by Edinburgh (48%) and Southampton (46%).

For more information, please visit: www.totalfitness.co.uk

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