BRITS would rather do housework or even go to a Justin Bieber concert than do physical activity, a new survey reveals.
The findings, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, demonstrates the lengths people will go to avoid exercise, despite knowing the physical and mental benefits.
he survey and a new report highlighting how physical activity is beneficial for people’s mental health and wellbeing is published at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19).
Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “It’s worrying that many people would rather do their housework or some other mind-numbing activities rather than put their trainers on. It is startling to see that only a minority say the main reason why they exercise is to improve their general mental health and wellbeing when our research shows that even small increases in levels of activity can improve people’s wellbeing and mental health.
“With this in mind, for Mental Health Awareness Week we are aiming to change the way we view physical activity; to see it not as something we have to do, ‘should do or ‘out to do’ for our health but as something we do because we personally value its benefits. It doesn’t need to be strenuous, cost a lot of money or be time consuming. To help the nation get started, we have produced a handy pocket guide filled with useful ideas and tips for including physical activity as part of daily life.”
To coincide with the awareness week, the UK charity, Mental Health Foundation, has today published its Let’s get Physical report.
The report highlights the impact that physical activity has on people’s mental health and wellbeing, following a public attitude survey which shows that a quarter of the British public don’t enjoy physical activity.