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Inactivity Levels In North Yorkshire At Lowest Ever

Inactivity Levels In North Yorkshire At Lowest Ever

Published by Karen Liu at 7:53am 27th April 2020.

Inactivity levels in North Yorkshire are at their lowest levels ever.

It means residents are more active now during the Coronavirus outbreak than they have been in the past.

That comes from new research by North Yorkshire Sport, although those in Scarborough Borough appear to be behind other areas of the county.

George Cull, Head of Development at the organisation, said:

"We've found a lot more people being a lot more active because of staying home and needing something as a release from home schooling and all the things like that.

But on equally on the opposite to that, we've seen a lot more people completely stop exercising and not being able to do as much as they normally do, possibly because they're shielding, isolating or they're a key worker having to work a lot more shifts.

One of the things we're finding in the Coronavirus is that people in more rural areas are taking more advantage. 

They seem to be more active but people in the more built-up areas in the towns and cities, they're the ones that actually aren't taking as much of the opportunity possibly because of the fears of keeping your social distancing, particularly if you're running on streets and things like that."

George has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Paddy in the Morning:

North Yorkshire Sport Chief Executive, David Watson, said:

"It is great news that inactivity had been reducing in North Yorkshire and we remain one of the most active counties in the country.

What is perhaps more important is the strong link between improved mental wellbeing and resilience which are important for the general health of our population."

Speaking about the current Coronavirus pandemic he also added:

"It is important that citizens of North Yorkshire incorporate physical activity, where possible and where safe, in to their daily routines to help manage their physical and mental health and develop strong habits."

You can read the report here: https://www.sportengland.org/activelivesapr20

 

 

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