Close to half of British adults do no exercise

17 August 2015        

Two people running down a forest path

Research has found that while over half (56%) of people claim to be 'health conscious', the reality is very different.

A survey has revealed that 44% of British adults claim they do no exercise - despite 47% admitting to being ‘slightly overweight’ and 15% saying that they were ‘considerably overweight’. 

Just under half (48%) of those polled admitted that being fit and healthy was not an integral part of their lives.

The survey was conducted by our corporate partner David Lloyd Leisure to mark the start of our two year partnership. It involved almost 2,000 adults and examined several different aspects of modern lifestyles including attitudes towards general health, physical shape, diet and exercise. 

Men and women

Interestingly, the survey showed a major difference in men and women’s attitudes towards exercise. 

Men generally work out more frequently, with the majority opting for vigorous exercise for 30 minutes or more twice a week, while women only did so one and half times a week.

Despite this, women were shown to place more emphasis on a healthy lifestyle and the benefits it brings - with almost 60% of women saying they considered themselves to be health conscious, compared to 52% of men.

The survey suggested that men are more likely to eat what they want, when they want – and then hit the gym to burn it off.

Keeping active 

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Christopher Allen comments; “There is no doubt that people who are less physically active are more likely to be at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It is therefore a concern that over half of British adults admit to doing no exercise. Even short, ten-minute bursts of physical activity can make a real difference.”

For help making healthier choices, take a look at our exercise and healthy eating advice and resources. 

The partnership

The two year-long partnership with David Lloyd Leisure will aim to raise £200,000 to help us in our fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD).


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