Getting fitter – on the high street?

by ANTONY CLAY

THE findings of a new survey suggest that you don’t need to pound the pavements in a tracksuit or work hard in the local gym to get fitter.
Shopping is the new way of keeping in trim in the minds of many people, it seems.

Over half of Rotherham residents consider going out and buying stuff a form of exercise, the survey suggests.

The survey of 2,750 Brits by online shopping website Kerchingandwin.co.uk also found that:

  • Over half of Rotherham residents would not walk 20 minutes to buy something;
  • Nearly one in five people would be put off walking somewhere if it was raining;
  • More than one in ten people would rather take the lift than walk up one flight of stairs;
  • A third of people in the UK avoid doing exercise altogether;
  • Two thirds of people say they are too busy to do enough exercise;
  • More than two in five people say online shopping has freed up more time for other things.

In a time when obesity is said to be at epidemic proportions — it is due to double by 2035 — the survey suggests that people are perhaps being a tad lazy when it comes to exercising.

Nearly half – 46 per cent – said that they considered shopping to be part of their exercise routine. The figure in Rotherham is 52 per cent.

When broken down by gender, it was found that women are more likely to treat a shopping spree for their season’s new wardrobe as part of their exercise routine than men – 51 per cent compared to 39 per cent.

Kerchingandwin.co.uk asked people how far they would be prepared to walk to buy something and nearly half – 48 per cent – said they wouldn’t be prepared to walk for just 20 minutes.

When broken down across the UK, it appears Londoners are the laziest, where 55 per cent said they would not walk a mile – though West Midlanders weren’t that fussed either with 54 per cent preferring to jump in a car rather than take a brisk stroll.

For Londoners, it could be that the city’s excellent public transport infrastructure makes getting around by road or rail a better option than on foot.

More than half – 51 per cent – of those in Rotherham said that they would not walk a mile to buy something with men (47 per cent) less willing than women (49 per cent) to walk to buy something.

The survey also revealed that nearly one fifth of us would be put off walking anywhere if it was raining.

The survey also found that one in ten, when presented with the choice, would rather take the lift than walk up just one flight of stairs.

Craig Larkin, of Kerchingandwin.co.uk, said: “It’s interesting to read that whilst many Brits consider shopping part of their exercise regime, many wouldn’t willingly walk for just 20 minutes to get there.

“The growth of online shopping has freed up more time for Brits to do other activities, such as going to the gym.”

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