Research of 2,000 adults found four in 10 workouts every couple of days, but 50 percent of the time it’s a hard graft with, running, cycling, and weightlifting were voted as being some of the most tedious sports of all.
However, 5/10 will use exercise as an excuse to meet up with a mate, with the same percentage finding it difficult to push themselves in a solo session.
For 38%, 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 percent) and to look good (36 percent).
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.
Of the exercising adults polled, nine in 10 will exercise at least weekly, with four in 10 doing something every couple of days.
Six in 10 of those polled 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%, who found it to have a positive impact during a session.
A spokesperson from Zumba, 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 helps to put a smile on people’s faces.”
You can check out a Zumba class near you at: https://www.zumba.com/en-US