Couch Potato Britain: Almost Half of Adults Do No Exercise

Almost half of adults in Britain admit they do “no exercise whatsoever”, even though a large percentage of the population say they are “health conscious”.

That’s one of the key findings of a new study carried out by David Lloyd Leisure to mark the start of its partnership with the British Heart Foundation, which is aiming to raise £200,000 over two years.

The study found that despite more than half of British people aged between 18 and 60 consider themselves “health conscious”, a whopping 44% admitted that they do absolutely no exercise at all.

In addition, the survey also discovered that attitudes towards exercise differ greatly between men and women across the country. The researchers behind the study found that men tend to work out on a more regular basis in general, but that women place greater emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle.

For the research, some 2,000 adults aged between 18 and 60 were quizzed about their exercise habits, general health, physical shape and diet.

Almost half (47%) said they were “slightly overweight”, while 15% admitted to being “considerably overweight”. Furthermore, being fit and healthy was “not an integral part” of the lives of 48% of respondents.

Overall, the survey found that men exercise vigorously for 30 minutes or more twice a week, while women do so one-and-a-half times a week.

Men More Likely to Eat “What They Want”

However, when asked the question “do you consider yourself to be health conscious?” just 52% of men agreed compared to almost 60% of women.

In terms of eating habits, the study found that men are more likely to eat whatever they want, when they want and then hit the gym to burn it off.

On average, people living in Birmingham exercise 2.3 times a week, which is more than any other UK city.

A spokesperson for David Lloyd Leisure said: “We know that people are more aware than ever of the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle but, in spite of this, our research shows that more than four in 10 people are still doing no exercise whatsoever which is a matter of real concern.

“The study has also revealed some marked differences between men and women while women claim to be more health conscious than men, it’s the men who are actually exercising more.

“Being fit and healthy should form an integral part of everyone’s lives, regardless of age or gender.”

The benefits of exercise are well-known. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by 30%. Moreover, regular physical activity can boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression and dementia.

Most people are aware that exercise is important; they just need to put that knowledge into practice to avoid long term health issues.


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