More people are using exercise to help manage their mental health, according to a new survey

The majority of people are now using exercise to manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

Research conducted by Sport England, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, found that 63% of people across the first six weeks of lockdown were staying active to look after their minds.

It discovered that people are turning to fitness as a result of the restrictions on movement since late March.

These included working out at home, running in the park and walking or cycling to the shops for essentials.

Initially, the government allowed people to leave their homes once a day for local activity, and earlier this month sanctioned unlimited exercise.

The survey also showed that over time, concerns about leaving home have eased – with 60% worried about this in the first fortnight, and a reduced 47% in week six of lockdown.

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