Millions of adults have a ‘fairweather’ approach to fitness – with rain and cold temperatures among the top reasons for not taking regular exercise.
The top 40 excuses for not working out also include finishing work too late, already having other plans and being hungover.
Food clearly has an impact with one in 10 of the 2,000 adults polled admitting they’ve skipped exercise because they were too hungry and 16 per cent have done so because they’d only just eaten.
But for three in five, the weather makes a difference on their fitness routine with rain, cold temperatures, snow and it being dark all making the list.
The research, commissioned by Spatone, also found people are most likely to make an excuse to avoid exercise in the evening (35 per cent), while a fifth will put it off first thing in the morning.
Julia Cameron-Wallace, Spatone brand manager, said: “The research shows how many people regularly lack both energy and motivation to exercise.
“Busy days, social plans and work commitments can easily get in the way of workouts.
“It seems the weather has a big impact, hopefully with summer around the corner more people will feel motivated to exercise outdoors.
“We hope to give people the natural energy they need to put their trainers on and get moving.”
The study also found more than half of Brits are likely to use an excuse when planning to exercise on their own.
But three in 10 admitted they have been known to bail on a planned workout with someone else.
Other popular excuses to avoid exercise include it not being ‘hair wash night’, needing new trainers and not having space to do so in their home.
Some have even used the excuse of their favourite TV show being on to get out of exercise.
However, on the flip side, things that would motivate people to workout were having nicer weather (39 per cent), more energy (35 per cent) and longer days (24 per cent).
During the typical week in summer 30 per cent of people exercise more than five times a week, but this dips to 23 per cent in winter.
Working out with someone else (21 per cent), upbeat music (21 per cent) and having an end goal (21 per cent) were also among the top encouragements.
But bailing on a workout leaves people feeling guilty (39 per cent), demotivated (27 per cent) and sluggish (24 per cent), according to the study carried out via OnePoll.
“We hope to educate people on the importance of iron for the body.”
TOP 40 EXCUSES TO NOT WORK OUT
- You’re too tired
- It’s raining
- It’s too cold
- You’ve got a cold
- You’ve only just eaten
- It’s too late in the day to exercise
- You don’t have time during the working day
- You’ve got sore muscles
- You get bored of exercise
- You finished work late
- You’re planning to exercise tomorrow instead
- It’s dark outside
- You exercised yesterday
- You’ve already got other plans
- It’s snowing
- You’re hungover
- You’re having a rest week
- You’re too hungry
- You don’t want to exercise in public
- You want an early night
- You’ve got an early start tomorrow
- You’re too stressed to exercise
- You’ve already exercised this week
- You can’t afford the gym/exercise class
- You don’t have space to exercise in your home
- Your favourite TV show is on
- You won’t have time to shower after exercising
- You don’t like exercising alone
- You don’t want to eat late after exercising
- You don’t have anybody to work out with
- You’ve only just washed your hair
- You haven’t seen any progress so far so what’s the point
- You don’t want to get injured
- You need new trainers
- Your exercise clothes are in the wash
- You don’t have suitable exercise equipment at home
- You don’t have time around your social life
- It’s not your hair wash night
- It’s too busy outside e.g. too many cars on the roads to go for a run
- You don’t have time around looking after your children