One in four people in England exercised less during and after lockdown

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Older people exercise in a socially distanced yoga class

Older couple exercise in a socially distanced yoga class

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More than one in four people in England did less exercise than normal after the first lockdown, and didn’t increase it afterwards. The results from the first study of how physical activity changed beyond lockdown suggests that decreased physical activity could worsen obesity levels in the country.

Efforts were made to encourage exercise during the first lockdown, which took place between March and May 2020. Fitness coach Joe Wicks’ delivered daily P.E lessons for the whole family, while gyms quickly started offering zoom classes. However, a survey …

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