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Nearly half of adults who exercise really go to the gym to socialise with friends

Nearly half of adults who exercise (45 percent) really go to the gym to socialise with friends – as they find working out incredibly boring.

Research into 2,000 adults found four in ten work out every couple of days, but admit that 50 percent of the time it’s hard graft.

However, 84% of respondents would exercise more if it weren’t so boring. Running, cycling, and weightlifting were the most difficult exercises.

Half of respondents will use fitness to get together with a friend. The other half find it hard to do a single session.

A friend can make it easier for them to get fit (38%), and more likely to be motivated to leave the house when they’re with another person.



Half of gym-goers use exercise as excuse to meet up with a mate
Half of gym-goers use exercise as excuse to meet up with a mate

A spokeswoman from Zumba, which commissioned the research, said: “Many people are clearly looking for ways to keep fit in an enjoyable way.

“And even if you do enjoy exercise, sometimes it can be a hard slog, particularly if you’re having to find the motivation to do it alone.

“We’ve found it interesting within the research to see how people find it more inspiring to go through the same experience with someone else.”

To try and make things more enjoyable, Brits have been trying new ways of working out, listening to music and participating in sports more frequently, in the hope they’ll start to like them.

People who enjoy exercising say that it makes them feel good and helps them stay in shape.

91% of adults polled said they exercise at least weekly. 41% do some form of exercise every day.

Six in ten of those surveyed, via OnePoll, also reckon it’s important to exercise with others if you’re to enjoy your workout.



Music is also a good motivator, according to 65 percent of those who exercise
Music is also a good motivator, according to 65 percent of those who exercise

Gaining more motivation, having some company to make it more entertaining and going through the same workout together were the reasons adults thought it was better to exercise together.

According to 65 per cent, music is a good motivator.

Zumba’s spokeswoman added: “The research certainly does suggest there are some real benefits to shared experiences when it comes to a good workout.

“Often, it can feel less like a chore and more of a social experience – while still getting to push yourself and get some solid exercise.

“Exercises classes are a great example of getting the best of both worlds.

“You get a workout as well as spending time with other people – and in our case, it’s driven by music which helps to put a smile on people’s faces.”

Nearly half of adults who exercise really go to the gym to socialise with friends
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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