Men and young adults least likely to exercise during confinement, study published by Anglia Ruskin University and Ulster University found that these two groups of people fell short of the criteria by WHO on the recommended activity of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.
The study, which analyzed the sporting confinement habits of more than 900 adults in the UK, found that more than three-quarters reached recommendations. Those who made the most effort were women, or the older and wealthier adults. Before confinement in March, men and young adults were the first in time spent in sport, but this started to decline with social distancing.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Lee Smith, was surprised by the overall encouraging results of the study, explaining that being able to go out only once a day to exercise at the start of confinement was probably a motivational act for many people.
Even if 150 minutes of sport may seem difficult to reach as a goal, it is doable with a progressive approach, like that proposed by the Couch 2 5K application, very popular with beginner joggers, with coaches such as actress Sarah Millican, or Olympic medalist Michael Johnson, who give advice throughout the race. In the first week, the runner must complete three 20-minute runs, which is close to half the goal set by WHO.
If you’re having trouble getting motivated, why not download soothing apps like Calm, which offers meditation and helps you focus on your goals, with tips from stars like famous basketball player LeBron James?
And if you’re still having trouble, go to YouTube and try the high intensity workouts, like PopSugar, or Joe Wicks, which you can do at home.