NEARLY half of adults who exercise (45 per cent) find it incredibly boring – and only do it to socialise with friends.
It also emerged 84 per cent of those polled would exercise a lot more, were it not so dull.
Research of 2,000 adults found four in 10 work out every couple of days, but 50 per cent of the time it’s hard graft.
Running, cycling and weightlifting were voted as being some of the most tedious exercises of all.
Half will use keeping fit as an excuse to meet up with a mate, with the same amount finding it difficult to push themselves in a solo session.
For 38 per cent, having a friend present means they are likely to work harder at getting fit, and they’re more motivated to leave the house with someone else in tow.
Other reasons Brits exercise include maintaining a healthy lifestyle (47 per cent) and to look good (36 per cent).
A spokesperson 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.
However, those who do enjoy exercise say it makes them feel good, they love to keep in shape and feel healthier as a result.
Of the exercising adults polled, nine in 10 will work out at least weekly, with four in 10 doing something every couple of days.
Six in 10 of those surveyed via OnePoll also reckon it’s important to exercise with others if you’re to enjoy your workout.
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.
Music is also a motivator, according to 65 per cent, who found it to have a positive impact during a session.
Zumba's spokesperson 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.”
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