Why American Workers Have Trouble Getting to the Gym

A new study shows that nearly half of American workers don't have time to exercise because of their jobs.

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Getting fit could have extremely beneficial implications on your career with simple exercise proven to help increase productivity and focus. While more Americans are working out compared to 10 years ago, nearly half of the American workforce is having trouble finding the time and energy to get in a workout due to their jobs.

Forty-eight percent of Americans said the challenges of their demanding jobs inhibit them from being able to exercise on a daily basis, according to a bombshell poll, conducted by OnePoll with Gympass.

The study, which surveyed 2,000 employed Americans, found that 79% of the respondents said they always feel happier and better when they are able to exercise regularly, but more than half of respondents said sitting down at their desk for the 9-5 grind drains their energy, and creates a will problem even if they had the time to exercise.

More than six in ten of all respondents said they’re too tired to go for a run or hit the gym weights when they get out of work. Even if workers had the time and energy to push weights around, 61% of respondents said membership to the gym doesn’t fit their budget because they are too expensive.

“Exercising is one of the most important lifestyle changes we can make to become happier, healthier, and more productive,” said Marco Crespo, CEO of Gympass, in a statement. “Yet, employees across the US are finding it increasingly difficult to include physical activity in their lives.

The study found that employed Americans work out a little over three hours a week, which the CDC recommends.

However, 61% of respondents who enjoy more exercise said they spend an average of nine hours per week on exercise.

Seventy-five percent of respondents said they’d be twice as productive if their work allowed breaks to get exercise in.

Originally published on Ladders.

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