Research Reveals Looking Good As Motivation For Exercise And Attending Gym

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24th October 2013 10:35 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

New research carried out by Nurofen Express Heat Patches has revealed that four out of ten fitness enthusiasts actually exercise to look good rather than to be healthy. The study found that many of those who exercise on a regular basis are more concerned about looking and feeling attractive rather than making sure they are fit and well. The poll of 2,000 men and women show that the key motivation for many is a washboard stomach or toned legs that can be shown off to others. It was also revealed that thirty four per cent of men exercise in the hope of achieving an impressive set of pecs.

More than fifty per cent of women claimed they went to the gym in order to achieve toned legs in a bid to feel good wearing skirts and dresses with eleven per cent of those taking part in the poll saying they exercise to make themselves feel better after a night on the town. Furthermore, the research also reveals that forty four per cent of people only take part in regular exercise to stop them from looking overweight, with twenty eight per cent believing that it helps fight the signs of ageing. Just under half of those asked said they would be far more motivated to exercise in the lead up to an event such as a holiday or wedding.

The research found that wanting to impress a partner (18%), feeling strong (37%) and wanting to fit into a particular outfit (14%) were also other key motivators for exercising. Additionally one in ten people hope they will find love at the gym.

When asked what celebrity they would like to look like, men would most like to look like Hugh Jackman or Brad Pitt while women said they wished they had the physique of Kelly Brook or Holly Willoughby.

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