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Are you wasting your workouts?

Are you wasting your workouts?

Are you undoing your exercise efforts? Research from Benenden shows that many Brits are sabotaging their gym goals with treats.

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A nation of fitness fanatics

How many of you exercise?65% of people who live in the UK exercise at least once a week.

65%

Your favourite exercisesOur survey shows that walking is the most popular exercise in the UK. A whopping 79% of respondents said they go walking to exercise regularly.

running walking cycling
30% 79% 28%
30%
79%
28%
running
walking
cycling

On average, through exercise, you are burning

1,334 calories per week

48Minutes per session

3Weekly sessions

144Minutes per week

However, you are also consuming plenty of additional weekly calories

Alcohol

  • 1 1/2 glasses of wine
  • 1 pint
  • 1 spirit with mixer
Calories gained 696

Treats

  • 1 takeaway
  • 2 bags of crisps
  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 2 desserts
  • 1 1/2 fizzy drinks
Calories gained 3,608

These treats can quickly add

up to an eye-watering

4,304 calories per week

Despite your weekly workouts, you could still have

2,971excess calories each week

123%

This is 123% more than the average person burns off in the UK during weekly exercise.

To burn off these extra treats you would need to do one of the following

212

Run for another 212 minutes a week.

297

Cycle for another 297 minutes a week.

229

Swim for another 229 minutes a week.

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How does your nearest city compare?

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Rank City Excess calories
1 Brighton and Hove 1,502
2 Manchester 2,105
3 Edinburgh 2,513
4 Birmingham 2,585
5 Liverpool 2,601
6 Leeds 2,660
7 London 2,792
8 Cardiff 3,152
9 Belfast 3,327
10 Coventry 3,895