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People intend to be more active as lockdown eases

The latest results from our coronavirus survey show activity levels have dropped as restrictions have eased, but people do want to be more active.

Lockdown has given the nation a new desire to exercise, with 60% of the population intending to be more active as restrictions are eased.

Throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we’ve been measuring activity levels and attitudes towards activity through a survey conducted by Savanta ComRes.

The latest figures, taken from data collected on 19-22 June, show activity levels have dropped slightly compared to the initial phase of lockdown, as many schools, shops and workplaces reopen.

A disabled cyclist, riding a trike, rides with her down past an elderly couple on a path.

Pre-coronavirus, our latest Active Lives Adult Survey showed activity levels to be at a record high, with 28.6 million adults doing at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week.

However, during lockdown lives have inevitably changed and not everyone has met that level of activity – with 52% feeling guilty for not doing more.

New habits have been formed though, with walking, running and cycling being the most popular ways to keep active and 62% of people intending to keep walking and cycling for everyday journeys as restrictions ease.

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