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Almost half of people are exercising more during the Covid-19 crisis than they normally would.

A survey also suggests people are turning to new exercise options, such as online workouts, to keep active.

Led by researchers Dr Cuisle Forde and Dr Emer Barrett, from the Discipline of Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin, a national survey has gathered data from approximately 1,500 people.

Most responses came after government restrictions eased slightly on May 5, enabling people to exercise within a 5km radius of their homes.

It found 46pc of people felt they were exercising more since Covid-19 restrictions were applied, while 28pc reported the opposite.

Some 54pc of people were meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines, which equates to a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity (enough to raise your breathing rate) five days a week.

Almost 90pc of people reported walking in the last seven days, while half had found new ways to be active, including online workouts.

The main barrier to exercise was a person's usual means of exercise being unavailable, with around 20pc saying being unable to meet their friends was key. Around 20pc felt an increased workload limited their ability to be physically active.

Dr Barrett said: "The really striking positive result from this survey is the finding that almost half of all people report that they are exercising more during the Covid-19 restrictions.

"People haven't let the closure of gyms, classes or the 5km distance restriction limit their ability to exercise and are finding new ways to be active."

Irish Independent