We reveal the top 10 biggest causes of gym-phobia among Brits

27 April 2016        

Woman takes part in MyMarathon

The fear of being judged whilst exercising is one of the biggest causes of “gym-phobia” among Brits, according to new statistics released as part of our new MyMarathon challenge. 

Most of us can come up with a plethora of excuses not to go to the gym or exercise. But our poll has revealed one of the main reasons people avoid going to the gym is feeling embarrassed and worried about what other gym goers will think of them when they exercise. 

Top of the list was feeling intimidated by the competitiveness of other gym bunnies with 27% of people saying it was enough to stop them going. Not feeling fit enough to go to the gym was also one of the main barriers to exercising as well as not knowing how or having the confidence to use the machines .

Take on the MyMarathon challenge

You don’t have to be a slave to the gym to be more active. Why not take on our brand new MyMarathon challenge to conquer 26.2miles over the month of May and help fund life saving research. 

Runners can complete the challenge this May in a way that’s a challenge for them. Whether it’s at the park, during lunchbreaks or around the streets with friends by your side. Over a few days, a couple of weeks or the whole month – You decide the pace and you decide the place.

Lucy Wilkinson, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Keeping active is vital to help improve your heart health, so it is concerning that what’s putting so many people off exercise is a fear of being judged about how they look and their level of fitness, and feeling self-conscious around others when exercising.

“Everyone should feel proud to exercise knowing they are helping to keep their hearts strong. And now with the MyMarathon challenge you don’t have to be a slave to the gym. You decide the pace and you decide the place, so it’s a great way to get active without feeling intimidated, and help us beat heart disease.”

Every pound raised from MyMarathon will help the BHF fulfil its ambition to fund half a billion pounds of new research in the next five years, to revolutionise and accelerate the fight against heart disease. 

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