Scientists may be close to creating a pill that would give people the benefits of exercise without having to do any work. Even if one existed a lot of people wouldn’t necessarily quit the gym. Believe it or not, a new survey finds that 76% of fitness-conscious Americans say that even if they could be fit without working out they’d still want to exercise.
Turns out, there are a lot of reasons people head to the gym, and getting fit and healthy aren’t necessarily the biggest motivators. In fact, six of the top eleven reasons people work out are not physical, including stress relief, relaxation, better quality of life in the future, improved mental state, desire to live longer and feeling healthier. And the main reason all age groups work out is a desire to stay active as they age.
Other survey findings include:
- On average, those polled participate in four different types of workouts weekly.
- 56% of people made health or fitness-related resolutions this year, including getting more sleep, moving more during the work day, trying a new type of exercise and starting to meditate.
- More men than women say it's important to look good while working out and that they try to look as fashionable as possible when exercising.
- 91% say they feel energized/happy during or after a workout. Only 5% said they feel that way before a workout.
Source: The Business Journal