Brits in hibernation with quarter not leaving the office for days

19 March 2018        

Category: Fundraising

We are urging the nation to snap out of their winter blues, as new figures show that two thirds (62%) of Brits are holed up indoors, spending a maximum of two hours outdoors in an average working day. 

Two cyclists cycling by the Brighton seafrontWith spring looming, we have released the statistics to encourage people to get outdoors by signing up to our iconic London to Brighton bike ride on Sunday 17 June.

We discovered that a quarter of workers (25%) don’t leave the office at all for at least four days a week and two thirds (62%) spend a maximum of two hours outdoors in an average working day.

Winter Blues

Instead, people have stayed inside, with more than two fifths of Britons (43%) owning up to having stayed in their pyjamas all day and two fifths (40%) changing from work attire to pyjamas the moment they walk through the door. The same number of people (40%) have also confessed to flaking on friends and family and cancelling plans to relax at home. Three out of ten people (29%) have admitted to getting a takeaway because it was too cold to go to the shops and a fifth (20%) have failed to go to the gym, on a run or cycle ride because it’s too cold.

Women vs Men

Women are more likely to take cover in the winter months. Women are twice as likely than men to have stayed in pyjamas from the moment they wake up to when they go to bed (55% vs 27%) and are almost twice as likely to change into them as soon as they get home from work (54% vs 23%). Half of women (49%) also confessed to cancelling on a social activity to stay at home and unwind.

Young vs Old

The gender divide however, has nothing on the generational divide. Young Brits aged 16-24 are four times as likely to grab a takeaway because it is too cold to go to the shops, compared to people aged 55+ (41% vs 10%) and are more than twice as likely to flake on family and friends so they can relax at home (52% vs 20% saying they have cancelled on a social activity to stay home and relax).

But Brits are concerned about how much time they are spending inside at work and home, with two thirds of workers (63%) worried that they are not getting enough fresh air and sunlight in the average working week. We want to start a spring awakening by encouraging everyone to get in the great outdoors and take on its flagship event, the London to Brighton Bike Ride, and join the fight against heart disease.

Spring is around the corner

Elizabeth Tack, Event Lead for our London to Brighton Bike Ride, said:

“We are all guilty of going into hibernation mode during the winter months, but now as the days are getting longer and the mercury levels rise, this is the perfect time to saddle up and embrace the outdoors.

“Our London to Brighton Bike Ride is a great goal to work towards as an individual or team and you can fit your training around your schedule. Whether you choose to commute into work by bike or pedal miles through the city, coast or countryside at the weekend, step away from your four walls and explore the great outdoors. You’ll also be supporting our vital research into heart disease, where every pound raised will help make a difference to millions.”

Iconic Ride

Our London to Brighton Bike Ride has taken place for over 40 years and is Europe’s oldest charity cycling event. It’s a fantastic chance for families, friends and colleagues to enjoy a fun-filled day out, cycling through some of the UK’s most stunning sceneries. It’s not a race – it’s a ride for the fast and the fall behinds, the solo riders and the team players. This year’s event is sponsored by Jaffa® Fruit and will take place on Sunday 17 June.

By taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride you will help power ground-breaking research to bring new hope to the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK.

Sign up to the London to Brighton Bike Ride