When heading to the gym people face a variety of options. They can join a class like yoga, Pilates or dance. They can head to the weight room for a lifting session. They can also choose a piece of commercial workout equipment like commercial treadmills or commercial ellipticals for a cardio workout. Although there are fitness trends that ebb and flow, it turns out people like to stick to themselves and with what they know.
A new study from Timex, the prominent watch company, found that people like time-efficient workouts and prefer to exercise alone.
More than 1,200 adults between the ages of 24 and 44 took part in an online survey regarding exercise habits, and 77 percent said they would rather perform their physical activity by themselves rather than with other people. In addition, 22 percent said they exercise two to three times a week while 24 percent said they exercise five or more times a week.
According to Reuters, when people consider a fitness plan non-negotiable, they strictly adhere to their routine.
Even though individuals would rather work out by themselves, being surrounded by others exercising can be a great motivating factor.
“The act of working out near or next to other health-minded gym goers can influence your own desire to be health-minded,” Gregory Chertok, a sport and exercise psychology consultant, told Reuters.
Running is a favorite exercise among gym goers
Running or jogging either outside or on a treadmill, like a True CS800 Treadmill, was among the most popular with 19 percent of people opting for form. Lifting weights followed at 13 percent and hiking outdoors or biking, such as exercise on a True LC900 Upright Bike, came in at 12 percent.
When it comes to time spent in the gym, people are fans of time efficiency and 29 percent of those surveyed work out for 30 minutes to one hour, but not many participants are morning people. The results showed that 47 percent do not rise and shine with a fitness session. Additionally, 74 percent of participants do not exercise during their lunch break; however, 14 percent do sometimes.
After work in the evenings is when most people find sufficient time to fit in a workout. Since they don’t have to worry about rushing back to work, people can take their time and really get into their exercise plan for the day.
Even though mixing up a fitness routine every once in awhile to keep things interesting and avoid hitting a plateau is a good idea, sticking to what works will keep people happy and work toward results.