Instead, many found themselves turning to the most basic and accessible forms of exercise: walking
. Since April there’s been a monumental 92%
increase in downloads of the Couch to 5K app compared to the same period last year, as well as a huge increase in demand for bikes
. It makes sense: you can't use gyms, it's warmer, it's free (unless you're buying a bike) and you get to be in the fresh air. It's also a way to travel without the anxiety of public transport. Ella, 24, has been cycling across London to see her friends once or twice a week. As well as giving her more confidence as a road user, it served as a way to reconnect her with the city. Plus, taking a relatively arduous journey is a gift in itself. "It feels like cycling across London is quite a lovely way to show your friends how much you value them. That’s certainly how it’s felt when friends have come to see me."