Independent research experts iReach have released findings from a survey they carried out prior to the COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland.
The survey, which was carried out on behalf of leading protection specialist Royal London, asked over 1,000 adults nationwide if they exercised regularly and if so, how often.
33% of respondents said they did in fact exercise daily, while 8% said they never or almost never exercise.
Of those who say they exercise every day, 38% of them are over the age of 55.
The survey suggests that Dublin is the fittest county in Ireland, with 73% saying they exercise every couple of days, if not daily.
Speaking about the recent survey findings, Colette Houton, Underwriting and Claims Lead at Royal London, said; “A report by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland found that 30 minutes of moderate activity five times a week can have health benefits and that active people can have a 30% reduction in the risk of developing diseases that reduce the quality of life or indeed life expectancy, compared with those who are least active.
“Studies also show that regular exercise, such as brisk walking, is associated with a significantly lower risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
“The fact that 68% of respondents undertake moderate physical exercise several times a week, with one third taking at least 30 minutes of exercise every day is very positive.
“And perhaps this figure will grow in the wake of our current COVID-19 crisis.
“With the nation still under restrictions due to COVID-19, exercise appears to have become an important pillar in people’s efforts to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing and to keep up a regular routine while staying at home”.
“With a significant number of people currently working from home, it has meant that over the last few weeks those who have commuted to work by car or public transport have not had to do so.
“Even those who usually walked or cycled to and from work might now find themselves with more time in their day to exercise.”