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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 finatics

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

65%

Our favourite exercisesOur survey shows that walking is the most popular exercise in the UK. A whopping 79% of respondents said it is their activity of choice.

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

On average, we are burning

1,334 calories per week

48Minutes per session

3Weekly sessions

143Minutes per week

However, Brits are also consuming plenty of additional calories

Alcohol

  • 1 1/2 glasses of wine
  • 1 pint
  • 1 spirit with mixer

Treats

  • 1 takeaway
  • 2 bags of crisps
  • 2 chocolate bars
  • 2 deserts
  • 1 1/2 fizzy drinks

Calories gained 3,608

These treats can quickly add

up to an eye-watering

4,304 callories per week

Despite your weekly workouts, you could still have

2,971unburned calories each week

114%

This is 114% more than the average person burns off during weekly exercise.

212m

To burn off these extra treats, you would need to run for another 212 minutes a week.

297m

To burn off these extra treats, you would need to cycle for another 297 minutes a week.

229m

To burn off these extra treats, you would need to swim for another 229 minutes a week.

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How does your nearest city compare?

Rank City Calories Gained
1 Brighton and Hove 1,428
2 Manchester 2,147
3 Liverpool 2,514
4 Birmingham 2,620
5 Edinburgh 2,632
6 Leeds 2,691
7 London 2,721
8 Cardiff 3,085
9 Belfast 3,416
10 Coventry 3,916