No matter what way you slice it, finding the motivation to hit the gym is never easy. Sure, some days it's better than others, but, overall it's safe to say that most people would prefer drinking a beer and hanging with friends to running, lifting, and sweating. According to the American Heart Association, the average adult should be getting in just over two hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Of course, that's hardly the case, with a reported less than 52 percent of Americans meeting those guidelines in 2017. Here's hoping for a better year, right?
Fitrated surveyed over 1,000 Americans about their active lifestyles to understand what motivates Americans to work out, and how cheat meals and indulgent foods encourage (or deter) people from exercising. The results, we must say, are very relatable and if nothing else makes us realize we're not alone in this crazy health and fitness journey.
A quarter of polled men and women said running outside was the hardest exercise of all.
Americans who rated their fitness level higher (on a scale of one to five) were less likely than those who didn’t see themselves as all that fit to consider running outside difficult.
More than 1 in 5 women said pushups, squats, and body weights were the toughest exercises, while men said it was lifting weights. They may not be the same type of workout.
Incentives To Workout
- According to more than half of people surveyed, pizza took the top slot, followed by burgers for men (33 percent) and ice cream for women (33 percent). Women were more likely to be motivated by sweet treats (including ice cream, doughnuts, and cookies) compared to men, while men were more than twice as likely to admit the promise of beer got them hyped for the gym.
OK, can we just say that this is the most accurate survey in the history of surveys? The fact that 52% of people said that pizza is their greatest heath and fitness motivator is possibly the best thing we've ever read and will ever hope to read in 2018 and beyond. Pizza for life, guys, remember that!
To read the full study, head over to Fitrated.
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