PRN: Weight Watchers® Research Reveals Brits Just not Bothered about Exercise
Weight WatchersÂ® Research Reveals Brits Just not Bothered about Exercise
LONDON, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Weight Watchers UK has commissioned research that reveals that a third of British adults admit to being lazy - and would always take the lift instead of the stairs.
The findings, which form the basis of an online infographic, emerged in a study of 2,683 people aged 18 and over and found 32 per cent will always drive short distances, when walking is a viable option.
More than half of those polled often duck out of regular exercise sessions in favour of a night on the sofa, and the same number admit they find it hard to motivate themselves to leave the house to do anything once they have returned from work.
Key factors which contribute to Brits leading such sedentary lifestyles include lack of time, long working hours and being too busy. But 33 per cent of people admit they simply can't be bothered to do anything but relax in their spare time.
"The lack of motivation that this research highlights is putting people at risk of far reaching health issues later in life including obesity, Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
"Being inactive becomes habit, so we get used to lounging around in our spare time rather than exercising the recommended five or more times a week. This is something we are striving to change by launching our Move More Manifesto, which has four key elements focused around encouraging people to increase activity levels, eat more healthily and benefit from the positive effects this has on weight loss and other areas of their lives, to sign up people can visit http://www.playweightwatchers.co.uk/movemore. People can also add a Move More Twibbon to their Facebook or Twitter profile pictures to remind them of their pledge, and help encourage others to join in too.
"Even when people feel motivated enough to leave their house they are opting to use the car or public transport rather than walking or cycling.
"It is about nudging people into changing their habits for the long term to reap the benefits not only for their body but their mind too."
Stuart Biddle, Professor of Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University comments for Weight Watchers: "Lack of time is a commonly stated barrier to doing more, or any, physical activity. However, researchers have stated that this is more a perception than reality.
"If people average 2-3 hours of TV viewing per night as this research shows, they do have time for some physical activity. It is therefore more to do with motivation and priorities than lack of real time."
Exercising isn't the only thing which suffers because British adults can't be bothered. A third of those questioned would decline a night out with friends or family if they didn't want to go to the trouble of getting ready. And friendships have even suffered over laziness - as people text rather than phone, email rather than sending letters and Facebook instead of sending birthday cards.
Incredibly 17 per cent of Brits don't even have enough drive to have sex with their partner at the end of a long day - preferring to go straight to sleep instead. The survey shows the average person does nothing but sit down for an average of four nights a week, and incredibly a fifth of Brits do absolutely no exercise at all on any night of the week.
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Notes to Editors
Sign up to the manifesto by visitinghttp://www.playweightwatchers.co.uk/movemore
View the Move More Infographic by visitinghttp://www.playweightwatchers.co.uk/movemoreinfographic
Get the Move More Twibbon by visitinghttp://www.twibbon.com/join/Move-More