Lockdown has inspired us to get more active

A new poll has revealed that more Brits have become more active at home since lockdown started.

A survey taken at the start of lockdown revealed that one in four Brits admitted that they were more active than before lockdown

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As lockdown continues, this number has increased to one in three.

Combatting lockdown weight gain and helping their mental health were the top reasons many Britons are turning to some form of physical exercise whilst in lockdown, as well as simply being a reason to get out of the house.

Researchers also analysed Google Trends to determine what the key searches were around fitness and physical activity, with an increase in the number of people looking online to find when the gyms will be reopening.

In the past 30 days there has been a 300 per cent increase in the number of searches for ‘gym reopening’ and a further 250 per cent increase in the number of searches for ‘PureGym reopening’.

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What’s more, there’s also been a 300 per cent increase in online searches in the same timeframe for ‘best exercise to burn belly fat’ and a 100 per cent increase for searches relating to ‘exercise for lower back pain’ - no doubt as a result for many who continue to work from home.

The research was carried out on behalf of www.Biofreeze.co.uk cold freeze experts.

Bharat Gohil, from the researchers, commented: “It’s fantastic to see an increase in the number of people turning to physical activity while some levels of lockdown remain in place.

“Exercise has many benefits, from keeping us fit and healthy to stimulating the brain and helping to ease the effects some may be facing around their mental health.

“Working out in any capacity releases endorphins, known to help trigger a positive feeling.”The researchers carried out a snap poll of almost 1,800 people to achieve their findings.

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