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Keep calm and jog on: millions turn to running to relieve lockdown stresses

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New research published today by Macmillan Cancer Support reveals that an estimated 7 million people across the nation have turned to running or jogging to look after their mental health during the Covid-19 crisis.

One in seven people in the UK (14%) said going running or jogging had helped them to de-stress since the first lockdown in March 2020, with the activity proving more popular than meditation or yoga (12%).

Demonstrating the power of outdoor exercise, around one third of people in the UK said that it helped them feel calmer (34%) and more positive (33%), whilst one in five (21%) said it helped them to feel mentally stronger.

The research has been released to mark the ballot announcement of this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, which is set to be the biggest marathon ever staged on Sunday 3rd October 2021, with 50,000 running from Blackheath to The Mall and another 50,000 running the virtual marathon from wherever they are in the world.

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Posted on 26th February 2021