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The lockdowns imposed onto us due to the Coronavirus pandemic meant people were stuck inside their homes for months at a time, with people only allowed to leave their house for essential journeys and for one 30-minute exercise slot each day. The closures of gyms and people not being able to meet with anyone from outside of their home, meaning that many people struggled with their mental health; people use exercise to positively impact their mental health. People had to adapt to new ways of exercising with many people taking daily walks, things that people may not have done in usual circumstances, such as yoga or gardening, also had a positive impact on mental health. I interview Catherine Gater, a university student who talks us through her own personal experience during the first lockdown; the impact it had on her mental health, what she did to occupy her time and what she found to be most effective for her. She also speaks about which aspects of the first lockdown still take place in her everyday life today, and how it has positively impacted her mental health.

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