• 68% would not workout with a family member • 17% say they would go to the gym or a fitness class with their offspring • 64% say they enjoy the time to themselves
BRITS ARE losing out on valuable time together and failing to make their workouts a family affair, according to new research. A survey of 1,135 UK adults who exercise regularly carried out by training and course provider Beabetteryou.com, found more than two thirds (68%) say they would not workout with a family member. Of those respondents with children, just 17% say they would workout or attend a fitness class with their offspring and just 11% pay for a gym membership for their kids. The survey findings revealed less than a fifth (19%) get fit with a sibling, while just 1 in 10 say would hit the gym with their mum or dad. For many, exercise is a solitary affair that provides “me” time, as 64% say they enjoy the time to themselves, while 39% say they see exercising as a chore and so would prefer to enjoy family time. However, Simon Bubb, managing director at Beabetteryou.com, which provides training courses commented: “We all know making time to exercise can be difficult while juggling a social life, working or studying and spending time with family. “But working out as a family is a great way to enjoy some quality time together while benefiting everyone's health, and you are more likely to stick to it if you do it together. It doesn't need to be in a gym environment, simply going for a hike, or playing a game of rounders in the park can be equally as good for you and is bound to be fun, as well as providing valuable bonding time. “This has never been more important than in the summer for children, as often the six-week holiday can lead to a lack of outdoor time. The sooner children see that being active can be fun, the better and this starts with parents encouraging it.” Locals in Norwich are least likely to work out with family as 73% say they would choose not to, while Liverpool residents are the most likely to make working out a family affair. Be A Better You is the UK's number one personal trainer course provider, and offers REPs accredited personal trainer courses and fitness instructor courses around the country, as well as online at www.beabetteryou.com.