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New survey Young people aged 18 to 24 and Dubliners 'most inactive' during last lockdown

Those aged 18 to 24 spent more time sitting around at home, survey finds

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Survey explored last lockdown

Survey explored last lockdown

Survey explored last lockdown

Inactivity was highest among the younger generation in the last lockdown and Dubliners were the most sedentary, according to a new survey.

However, the hidden damage to health lifestyles in people taking less exercise affected all age groups.

Covid-19 left many workers on long home Zoom calls while others lost motivation as sports clubs and gyms remained closed.

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) survey comes as the country faces a Delta variant wave, amid fears that if hospitalisations and deaths soar again, some kind of lockdown may be needed.

The ISCP has called for incentives such as tax rebates for sports clubs and swimming lessons for children.

The survey showed the youngest age group, 18-24, had by far the highest scores for admitting to spending increased times sitting around their home.

This included more shopping online, watching more TV, sitting a desk, online gaming and sleeping more.

People aged 44 and older were less likely to let exercise habits slip - although 51pc said they did more sitting around and 40pc took to doing their shopping online.

More than one in five were sitting at a desk more and a similar number spent more time sleeping.

The nationally representative poll of more than 1,000 people found 61pc said they were sitting more and nearly one in two were more sedentary.

Dubliners had the highest level of inactivity, with more than half reporting they were working from home.

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This compares with one in three people in Connacht and Ulster who were doing their jobs from home.

In Dublin, only a third said they exercised more during the last lockdown compared with those in Munster, who scored the highest for ­getting more active.

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