According to a survey conducted by Timex, the watch company, 74 percent of adults aged 24 to 44 claimed to work out at least once per week. The vast majority of those (77 percent) prefer to work out on their own. This article, published on September 23, discusses those results.
As the article states, those numbers sound great but are probably not accurate. The reality is that many people tend to overstate their actual activity level. Dr. Walter Thompson of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is quoted as saying that 80 percent of the population does not exercise.
Exercise and proper diet are known to have positive effects on both an individual’s health and mood. As stated in the article, ACSM recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. People can get this amount of exercise in on their own, as the survey shows most people prefer, or they can exercise in a gym.
According to Gregory Chertok, a sport and exercise psychology consultant, people have more success working out in a gym. Part of the reason why is working out near other people provides a sense of motivation that people do not get on their own.
Another factor that determines whether people work out is whether they view it as an option. Chertok noted that those who view exercise as “non-negotiable” are much more likely to stick to their training regimen.
Social media can also play a role for those who need the external motivation. Sites like Facebook and Google+ allow individuals to share their exercise goals and plans. Anyone looking for work out ideas or even whole work outs can log on and find exactly what they need in short order.
The reality is that one work out per week is not enough to get all of the benefits. People need to find a way to get their work outs in at least three times per week. There are plenty of resources for people who need help figuring out what to do.