When it comes to living a long, happy, and healthy life, eating a balanced diet and keeping your body active are two of the best ways to do it. Unfortunately, a May 2016 survey suggests most people spend more time staring at screens than they do getting their heart rates up.
The survey, which was conducted by Censuswide in partnership with Reebok, evaluated 9,000 adults from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Mexico, Russia, Korea, and Spain. They looked at everything from commitment to fitness to technology usage and even sex, the results were definitely surprising.
According to the stats, the average participant only spent .69 percent of his or her life exercising (or 180 of 25,915 days). Only 4,320 hours working out at the gym, hiking, running, spinning, doing yoga, or any other form of exercise in an entire lifetime? We can definitely do better than that.
Let's break it down: If you work out only one hour a day for an entire year, that's 365 hours. Do that every day for 10 years, and that's 3,650. For 20 years, that's 7,300. Those hours add up quickly when you take the time to put them in, and when you have an entire lifetime, a single hour a day really doesn't get in the way of anything.
The best news is that even on those days you can't find an hour to go to the gym, minutes spent being any sort of active — whether that's just walking to work or running to catch the bus — add up, too. According to the survey, the average human climbs Mount Everest up to 45 times during his or her lifetime, and runs the circumference of the planet almost twice.
In the end, take these findings as a little reminder to make small, active changes to your day. And if you're still not convinced you have time to commit to fitness, consider this:
According to the survey, the average human spends...
- 41 percent of his or her life engaging with technology.
- 29 percent of his or her life sitting down.
- 6.8 percent of his or her life socializing with loved ones.
- 0.45 percent of his or her life having sex.
So put down your phone, shut your laptop, get off your chair, and get moving!