More than a quarter of adults believe they lead a sedentary lifestyle – with the average person sitting down for up to 40 hours a week, according to a recent survey. The poll of 2,000 British people finds 27% admit they aren’t as active as they should be, despite easily being able to.
What’s behind this lifestyle? Lack of motivation (29%), tiredness (28%) and not having enough time (26%) were cited as the top reasons for the sedentary behavior. Being inactive for so long leaves 32% of adults feeling bored, another 32% feel unhealthy, and, ironically, 29% say they’re more tired.
The study also finds that 83 percent of adults sit for up to 12 hours a day.
The research, commissioned by Babybel cheese snacks and conducted by OnePoll, shows that two-thirds of adults would like to be more physically active than they currently are, but 35% claim it’s harder to do this as they get older. When it came to length of a workout routine, 61% agree they’d be more likely to do it — if it lasted a shorter amount of time. Similarly, 65% would be more inclined to do something active if it was fun.
Not surprisingly, seven in 10 say they moved more as a child compared to now, with 42% of parents agreeing that their kids help them to keep moving.