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Northern families cut back on exercise activities due to the cost of living

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Statistics show half of people in the north of England say cutting back on exercise activity this winter will affect their mental health.

Better, the UK’s leading sports and leisure provider, conducted recent research into what families are cutting back this Christmas as a result of the cost of living.

Better spoke to more than 500 UK families to reveal how family exercise and leisure activities will be cut back over the winter and Christmas holiday period as a result of the cost of living crisis.

Half of people in the North believe that cutting back on sport or health and fitness activities this winter will have a negative impact on their mental well-being, social interactions, physical health and quality of life.

A third less will be spent on family and children’s activities this year than last year, while 51% are aware of family and friends who are cutting back on sports and fitness activities.

As a result, 58% are looking for or planning free and inexpensive activities that help keep their families active and entertained, while also saving money.

Other cuts are also being made due to the cost of living, although 31% said they would cut back on gym, sports club or leisure center memberships.

Martin Horne, Allerdale Partnership Manager at Betterill, said: “The survey results show how the majority of people in Cumbria, along with the rest of the country, are cutting back on family exercise activities as a result of the cost of living.

“We strive to ensure that our facilities are accessible to everyone, regardless of their circumstances, and will continue to provide families with interesting activity options, while making the region aware of low-cost and free activities for them.

He added: “Being fit and active, especially in winter, is essential for the mental and physical well-being of everyone, especially families struggling in the current climate.”

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